2009 prospect Shawn Williams has impressed Coach Billy Gillispie over the years with his play at the Texas A&M Elite Camp. Now the new Kentucky coach, along with several other major programs, is vigorously pursuing the 6-foot-6, 200-pound small forward from Duncanville (Texas) High School.
"For the past two years, Shawn has gone to Texas A&M's elite camp and competed very well against the older players," said Williams' father and AAU coach Shawn Williams, Sr. "I think Coach Gillispie liked Shawn's mental toughness.
"He's been up to the school five times to see Shawn as the A&M coach. In fact, he was up here last Thursday and told us that Shawn was his number one target. Then on Friday, I got the call that he was taking the Kentucky job and that the offer was still on the table."
Kentucky is far from the only school hot on Williams' tracks. Along with the Kentucky offer, Williams has offers from Texas, Kansas, Arkansas (old staff) and Indiana.
"Texas has really turned the heat up," said Coach Williams. "Kansas has done a good job recruiting him. Arkansas was one of his favorites before the coaching change, and he likes Memphis a lot. Illinois has also done a good job recruiting him."
Florida has also inquired about Williams, and Assistant Coach Steve Robinson of North Carolina is expected to visit Duncanville next week.
Williams, who projects as at least a four-star prospect once the 2009 rankings are updated, is in his second week of action after sitting out the first three weeks after the high school season with a serious case of turf toe. Rivals.com will get a good look at him and Texas Select teammates Nate Miles, GJ Vilarino and Roger Franklin in a week and a half at the Kingwood Classic in Houston.