Feeling At Home

Former Pine Bluff native and 2009 Arkansas target Shawn Williams pours in 20 of his 24 points in the first half Saturday morning at Bud Walton Arena to lead his Texas Select squad to an easy pool play victory in the Real Deal on the Hill.

Indy Spiece Heat couldn't stop University of Arkansas 2009 target Shawn Williams in the first half on Saturday at the Real Deal on the Hill, but an elbow to the nose did the trick after intermisson.

Williams (6-6, 190) had 20 of his 24 points in the opening half of his team's 74-53 win before being dropped with an inadvertent bow just minutes into the second half.

"He caught me with an unexpected bow while I was going for a rebound and it like pushed my teeth back a little bit," Williams said. "It dropped me."

Williams was playing before a large crowd of family from Pine Bluff, where he grew up before moving to Duncanville, Texas.

"My grandpa and all my aunts and uncles came up last night," Williams said. "I love playing in Bud Walton. I think the highest scoring game of my school year last year (38 points) was when I played here (in the Holiday Hoops)."

Arkansas, Texas, Kentucky, Kansas and Baylor are just a few of the schools that have offered a young man ranked as the 40-th best prospect nationally and fifth-best small forward by Scout.com.

""Right now it is just getting a little stressful," Williams said of recruiting. "I have a couple of favorites. As for making a decision, it could be right now, it could be three months from now. It's just when it feels right."

One of those is definitely Arkansas, whose head coach John Pelphrey was on Williams as soon as he got the job last season.

"This is where I am from and it is definitely one of my favorite schools," Williams said. "I watched them every time they played on TV. I watched the SEC Tournament games and the NCAA Tournament games and just really liked the way they play.

"I really like Coach Pelphrey and I really like the way they get up and down the court," Williams added. "I think when he gets more of his players we will see even more of his style."

While his dad – also named Shawn – compares him to former Razorback star Scotty Thurman, the younger Williams has another former UA and current NBA star in mind.

"I was too young to remember Scotty Thurman playing," Williams said. "I liked watching Joe Johnson and liked to think my game is a lot like his."

Williams, who averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds last season for a 36-2 Duncanville squad, scored in a variety of ways on Saturday morning.

"I have been working on getting stronger and being able to do more things than just knock down jump shots," Williams said. "I want to be more physical and don't want to be known as just a shooter."

Williams is playing with a group that includes several Texas and Oklahoma stars, including 6-8 Julian Washburn, the son of former NBA player Chris Washburn and his Duncanville teammate as .

"This year we have a good group of guys," Williams said. "There is nobody selfish. Everybody gets along good. I especially like playing with Julian Washburn. He is the most athletic dude I have played with."

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