By Jeff Borzello
Junior Troy Williams has lofty individual goals for the upcoming season – but the unselfish five-star prospect doesn’t want it to revolve around his personal offensive exploits.
“I want to get Player of the Year this year, but not by just scoring – but how I involved my teammates on the floor with me,” Williams said.
The 6-foot-6 small forward from Pheobus (Va.) is ranked No. 8 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100 for 2013. He doesn’t mind being the go-to-guy for his high school team, but he prefers getting his teammates shots too.
“Definitely [going to] have a bigger role this year, and again this year, I have players around me who can ball, so I’m looking for their help too,” Williams said.
Williams is one of the best scoring wings in the class. He has good range on his jump shot, and he is tough with his mid-range game as well. Defensively, he uses his athleticism and tremendous length to be a factor in passing lanes. The nephew of famed AAU coach Boo Williams has one of the higher ceilings in the class.
Not surprisingly, Williams isn’t settling, working to expand his game in the offseason.
“Shooting, defense, ball-handling and being a better leader on and off the court,” he said when asked what he improved in the fall.
A slew of colleges stopped by his Hampton, Va. high school during the fall to check him during workouts. Villanova, Georgetown, Florida, Texas, DePaul, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Louisville all came through.
In addition to those schools – besides the Tar Heels – Kentucky, Alabama and Miami (Fl.) have also offered him a scholarship.
As for North Carolina, they continue to eye Williams but have yet to pull the trigger on an offer.
“They were ready to offer but they either offered too many people or are just holding off,” he said. “But they do have high interest.”
Williams has already taken trips to North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky and Louisville.
“They were great,” he said. “I learned a lot of history about the schools, and met some of the players and coaches.”
Villanova, Georgetown and Virginia Tech are next on his unofficial visit list, although no dates have been set. There are no favorites for Williams, but he knows what he’s looking for in a prospective school.
“High graduation percentage of the players that went there,” he said. “Great relationship with the coach, and a school that can shape me into an NBA player.”
Don’t expect a decision anytime soon from Williams; he’s going to wait out the process.
“I probably won’t commit until next summer.”