L.D. Williams has made his rep as one of the top athletes in the class of 2006. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound North Carolina native is a guy that brings people to their feet when he lifts off of the hardwood. You just never know what's going to happen. Most times, it's pretty spectacular. The high school season quickly coming to a close at Montverde (Fla.) Academy, Williams is hoping to finish with a bang as his recruitment continues to take on more high-major inquiries.
Williams was named as the Most Outstanding Player at Montverde's tournament last weekend. His coach, Kevin Sutton, said the three-star prospect has taken his game to a new level after the busy travel month of December.
"L.D. has moved into our second leading scorer this season. He's playing great," Sutton said. "He's having the big games at the right times. Since Texas, he's stepped it up. Against Edgewater (a Florida powerhouse), he was huge for us. He's just more comfortable know which leads to being more confident."
That confidence will be present when Montverde travels to Trenton, N.J. for the always-loaded Prime Time Shootout when they play Rufus King High School out of Milwaukee, Wis. Expect to see a more refined jumper, a skill that college coaches are hoping improves.
"We're working on his fundamentals of shooting and mixing that with his already strong finishing game," Sutton said.
Maryland, Florida State and Florida are the schools that are "starting to really increase" their interest says Sutton. North Carolina is still keeping tabs. Tennessee, Williams's lone scholarship offer, is also in the picture.
Wake Forest, a school that Williams makes no secrets about as a favorite option, is joined by Arizona and Virginia Tech as programs that send letters and make their interest known. Williams's home of East Bend, N.C. is just outside of Winston-Salem, where Wake is located.
Sutton said Williams doesn't have any immediate plans for any visits but with a break coming up at the beginning of March, it's a possibility that the high-flyer buzzes into some college towns.
"He'll probably do that when he goes home for our extended spring break," Sutton said. "I'm sure he and his parents will go to some schools around their area up there."