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Only a sophomore, Memphis forward a hot property

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The recruiting process continues to speed up and doesn't look like it's slowing down. One younger player who is indicative of that is Johnathan Williams III.
Williams is part of a select group of five-star prospects and checks in at No. 15 overall in the class of 2013. Not surprisingly, the 6-foot-8 forward at Memphis (Tenn.) Southwind is learning to deal with the attention.
"It feels great to be getting all of this attention," Williams told Rivals.com. "But, I've still got to keep working on a lot of things."
A skilled young player with size and length, Williams wears multiple hats for his high school team. He handles the ball against pressure, he plays at the top of the press, he scores on the interior and he gets others involved with his advanced passing skills.
With that talent, national rankings and attention from college coaches comes something else.
"There's a lot of pressure," said the sophomore. "You feel the pressure to go hard every night. But, sometimes you are going to have a bad night so you need to keep playing through that."
A thoughtful kid off of the court, Williams is certainly equipped with the tools to deal with the on the floor pressure.
"I think I can blocks hots, get rebounds and score buckets," said Williams. "I'm working on my toughness, being more physical in getting the ball and scoring it."
Known locally as simply "J3", Williams doesn't yet claim any offers, but does claim a healthy list of early suitors. Memphis, Tennessee, Missouri, Georgetown, Kentucky, Texas, Virginia and several others have expressed early interest.
While the process of identifying talented players like Williams -- who doesn't care what position a school recruits him as -- has sped up, he says he's not one who will be making a decision any time soon.
"I'm interested in medicine," said Williams. "I want to look at who has good programs for medicine. Basketball wise, I like a fast-paced system."
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