Tag:Troy Williams
Posted on: December 30, 2011 12:50 pm

Five-star junior Troy Williams trims list to five

By Jeff Borzello

Five-star junior Troy Williams celebrated his birthday on Friday. He also trimmed his list to five schools.

Williams announced on Twitter that his final five choices were North Carolina, Kentucky, Georgetown, Virginia Tech and Villanova.

“They’re schools that play my style of play, and they’re also not that far for my family,” Williams told CBSSports.com in a text message.

Williams has visited all of the schools on his list, outside of Villanova. He leaves today for a weekend trip to Kentucky.

Williams, a 6-foot-6 small forward from Pheobus (Va.), is one of the best scoring wings in the class. He has deep range on his 3-point shot, and he has a very solid mid-range game as well. On the defensive end, Williams’ length and athleticism are assets in the passing lanes.

He is ranked No. 8 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100 for 2013.

Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:19 am

Unselfish Troy Williams ready for big year


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.”

Photo: 247Sports.com

Posted on: June 27, 2011 5:34 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 5:57 pm

Notebook: Troy Williams makes name on his own

By Jeff Borzello

Being the nephew of legendary AAU figure Boo Williams has its advantages. It has helped 2013 prospect Troy Williams get extra attention and the opportunity to play for one of the best travel team programs in the country.

Interestingly enough, it also had the effect of making Williams . . . underrated?

“People were underestimating me, saying I’m going to get somewhere because of my uncle,” Williams said. “I took it to heart and worked super hard and all the work paid off.”

The 6-foot-6 small forward from Hampton (Va.) is certainly not underrated anymore. His play on the spring AAU circuit with his uncle’s team helped his stock skyrocket, with one media outlet ranking him as high as sixth in the country.

Williams doesn’t compare himself to other elite prospects, saying that everyone is still working to fulfill their potential.

“We’re all the same and want the same thing,” he said. “We just get it different ways.”

Williams said he is working on his defense, shooting off the dribble and ball-handling, but plenty of schools are already interested in his current skill set.

The rising junior holds offers from Texas, Georgetown, South Florida, Virginia Tech, Virginia and Alabama, while Duke, Florida, Louisville and DePaul have also been in contact recently.

Williams hasn’t made much progress with the recruiting process, taking one trip to Virginia Tech so far.

“It was nice, peaceful,” he said. “Has an old-time feeling to it.”

Despite his lofty ranking and slew of college interest, Williams remains grounded when discussing his recruitment.

“For real, anybody that takes me,” he said when asked what would be the factors in his decision. “It doesn’t matter to me.”

Williams did get a little more specific – likely when he realized he would have his choice of destinations.

“Coaching style, style of play, how I fit in, and will I be playing in the game or just in practice,” he said.

With the rate he is improving, don’t expect Williams to be underestimated by too many more people.

Other Notes:

- Julius Randle, one of the candidates for No. 1 in the class of 2013, has talked to Memphis, Baylor, Duke, Seton Hall, Arkansas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Florida lately.

The school most associated with Randle has been North Carolina. “It went really well,” Randle said when he spoke with Roy Williams recently. “They sit good.” He added he had no favorites, though – including the Tar Heels.

- The city of Chicago is loaded with high-major prospects in the class of 2013, not the least of which is Jaylon Tate. The 6-foot-1 De La Salle (Ill.) point guard has offers from Northwestern, Xavier and Providence, with interest coming from DePaul, West Virginia, Florida State, Illinois, Tennessee, Northern Iowa and Akron.

“We are excited about their interest and thankful that they’ve reached out to us,” Arisa Tate, Jaylon’s mother, said.

- Another big-time Chicago prospect in the class of 2013 is Kendrick Nunn, a point guard from Simeon (Ill.). The 6-foot-1 Nunn has offers from Providence, Memphis, Florida State, Ohio, Saint Louis, Texas A&M, Arizona and DePaul. Illinois and Providence are also showing interest, Nunn said.

Photo: 247Sports.com

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