Williams Firms Up Visit to Arkansas

Birmingham (AL) Central Park standout JaCorey Williams (6-8, 190) said Sunday night that he will take his official visit to Arkansas on Oct. 7-9, when a plethora of basketball and grid standouts will be in Fayetteville.

Add Birmingham (AL) Central Park basketball star JaCorey Williams to the star-studded list of talented recruits that will be on the Arkansas campus Oct. 7-9.

Williams (6-8, 190), who has already taken an unofficial visit to Fayetteville, said Sunday night that he had settled on that weekend as his official date.

That means he will be in the same weekend as Sylvan Hills star Archie Goodwin (6-5, 180) as well as large group of prep grid standouts.

"I really loved it up there when I came for the visit (in August)," Williams said. "They have great fan support because it is the only major school in that state and they have a great campus. I am really looking forward to getting back up there for a visit and getting a chance to see everything there. I can really see myself playing there."

Williams, who averaged 17 points and 8 rebounds last season for Minor, has set up his official visit to Alabama this weekend – ironically when Arkansas is playing football against the Crimson Tide.

He will likely go to Richmond the following weekend and then head to Arkansas, which will be hosting Auburn's football team that weekend.

"My plan is to make a decision after that unless for some reason those schools don't seem right for me," Williams said. "If not, then I will look at going somewhere else for those last two official visits."

Williams said he is not one to sit around and wait.

"I'm a go-get-it-done type of guy when I know what I want," Williams said.

Arkansas got on Williams early because of assistant T.J. Cleveland, the former Razorback and Minor standout.

He is a Birmingham native as is Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson's nephew.

"Coach T.J. Cleveland knew about me because of his connections here and he let Coach Anderson know about me," Williams said. "They are a great couple of guys that I really enjoyed being around and they think I could really play in their style."

Arkansas has told Williams they would take advantage of his versatility.

"Coach Anderson told me that he looks at me as a player and not as a number and I really love that way of thinking," Williams said. "He doesn't use numbers like three and four because he wants us all to be able to do things like get the rebound and start the break like a point guard."

Williams is working to add to his game each day.

"I really am working to improve my on the ball defense and my lateral quickness," Williams said. "I think my biggest strength is being such a match-up problem.

"If I am at the three, I am big enough to take advantage of a smaller guy or I can just shoot over a guard," Williams added. "If I am at the four, I can step out and makes plays against bigger guys," Williams said. "I just try to take advantage of the what the defense allows."





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