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Williams taking the reigns in Atlanta

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Gwinnett County, just north of Atlanta, produced one of the finest backcourts in the country in 2005 in Louis Williams and Mike Mercer at South Gwinnett High School.
Now that Williams is with the Philadelphia 76ers and Mercer at the University of Georgia, another dandy guard duo are starting to show they might be ready to take over the reigns in the Peach State.
Rivals.com stopped by Meadowcreek High School in Norcross, Ga., on Tuesday night to get a glimpse of Michigan State bound Chris Allen and talented sophomore Teondre Williams.
Together, the Meadowcreek pair put in 42 points in a 69-55 victory over Milton High School in the second round of the state playoffs. While Allen has received his fair share of headlines this season with his stellar play, our spotlight shifted to Williams. It will probably be there for a while. Williams, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound guard, has a bright future ahead of him.
Williams may have only scored 12 points compared to Allen's 30 but at least four of the points came with an exclamation point. An explosive athlete, Williams has little trouble embarrassing defenders around the cup but he is starting to take a page out of Allen's book and mixing in a perimeter jumper and athletic drives to stop and pop shots.
A move-in from Morrow High School, on the south side of Atlanta, Williams is warming up at the right time.
"I'm just more confident this year," Williams said. "I've always felt that I could play at a high level but coach talked to me after one of our games in January and told me that I've got to be more aggressive with my play and my shooting. I've been taking more shots than before and I feel like I'm just getting better."
Averaging 18 points and eight rebounds a game, Williams is happy to have an elite scorer in Allen (27 points per clip) on the other wing.
"It helps me a lot having him over there. I don't have to score every play. I know Chris will be having an on night every game. He is the first option and I'm happy to score right next to him."
Because of traffic of coaches that Allen brought to Meadowcreek for the last couple of years, the attention on the recruiting end of things is starting to shift to Williams. He said Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State and Virginia Tech have all been consistently recruiting him this year. Williams has made unofficial visits to Georgia and Florida already.
"I like Florida and Texas a lot," Williams said. "Florida has been the most consistent with me since I visited down there right after Thanksgiving.
"With Texas, I've liked them since I was 10-years-old. It is right in the middle of the country so my family can come and see me. I have a lot of family in California and down here (in Georgia). My grandma would be able to see more of me if I went (to the middle of the country)."
Williams and Allen will have their toughest task of the year on Saturday when Meadowcreek hooks up with Norcross, featuring Jodie Meeks (Kentucky), Brenton Butler (Fordham), Gani Lawal (Georgia Tech) and Tony Neysmith.
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