September 11, 2008
On the radar: Jordan Williams
With the Hoyas receiving verbal commitments from their two primary 2009 targets in six-foot-6 small forward Hollis Thompson and six-foot-10 center DaShonte Riley, they can afford to be a bit more selective in handing out the remainder of their open scholarships. Much of what the staff intends to do constantly depend on roster attrition, which is either planned as with the graduation of senior guard Jessie Sapp or unknown, such as with a potential early departure from one of their early entry possibilities in DaJuan Summers or Greg Monroe.
At this point I don't think even Summers or Monroe could tell you what the percentage would be that either would forego their collegiate eligibility and enter the NBA draft. So with that uncertainty, what can a coaching staff do to maintain the level of excellence coach John Thompson III and his staff has worked so hard to achieve? Well for starters you continue to recruit and plant seeds and hope that one way or another they'll have a better idea as to what the 2009-10 roster will look like before the 2009 spring signing period.
With that in mind we introduce six-foot-9 245 pound power forward Jordan Williams, out of Torrington, CT. He is a solid prospect that burst onto the national scene after admittedly needing an adjustment period from his high school league.
"Back in the spring time I wasn't really playing well, because my high school competition doesn't really compare to the national AAU circuit. My game was really slow and I wasn't used to the tempo and was behind everyone else. But playing with Coach [John]Carroll (former Boston Celtics and BABC coach) he helped me get used to playing at that level and he pushed me and I guess I did pretty well playing in front of the coaches in July", stated Williams.
Schools such as Marquette, Maryland, Georgetown, Indiana, St. Johns, Florida State, Providence, UMass, Wake Forest, Arizona and California are among the schools that he specifically mentioned as showing varying degrees of interest. He even had a visit by a couple of coaches from a local school.
Williams went on to add, "I had an in-home visit today with Maryland, Gary Williams and Chuck Driesell came in. It's not like they're pulling away from everyone else but they're recruiting me the hardest and it's a good program. I'll most likely take a visit to Maryland for their Midnight Madness, but other than that I don't have any dates set at all."
Since Maryland has been recruiting him harder than anyone else, one could assume that Williams is ready to make an early decision and select the Terps, but he refuted this notion.
"I'm going to wait for the later signing period. I'm not going to make an early decision. It's tough because all of the schools just started really recruiting me and its something new everyday and I'm trying to get a feel for all the schools. I don't think it would be fair to the schools that are just coming in now to not give them a chance. So I'm going to wait it out and see how I feel about all the schools in the spring."
The fact that Williams stated that he is willing to wait could be a good contingency plan for the Hoyas. Although he has not been recruited by Georgetown as hard as the Maryland staff, he does have some history with one of the Hoya assistant coaches.
"I have a pretty good relationship with coach Kenya Hunter. I haven't spoken with John Thompson III yet, but I do keep in touch with Coach Hunter. I have a pretty good relationship with him and I've known him since he was at Xavier", Williams stated.
If he's still available in the spring, and the need arises, perhaps Coach Hunter could be that conduit that helps bring Williams to the Hilltop?
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