Williams Needs To Make Visits

Deron Williams, who turned 17 on Tuesday, isn't going to make any kind of college decision until he sees a campus or two. Right now, he hasn't seen any of the campuses on his short list. Translation: Williams isn't going to be one of those guys who makes a decision before July.

Four Strong With Williams

Deron Williams is the consummate college point guard prospect. He's a leader who specializes in running a basketball team. On the court, he's calm and confident. His offense is generated by his ability to create opportunities for himself and others. He's not the fastest guy, but he has a good initial burst.

Major college programs realize the value Williams brings to the table. He's one of those guys you bring into the program and immediately develop a level of trust in him. In turn, he can run your team, likely for four years.

Williams has a current list of four schools: Illinois, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Tennessee. "Illinois and Georgia Tech are the top two," Williams said.

If you are sitting back reading this and wondering why in the world Williams is still considering Illinois after the Illini took a commitment from PG Dee Brown, consider this. Bill Self's staff began recruiting Williams when he was a freshman in high school and they were still in Tulsa. There's a loyalty factor there that is important. Also, Williams' high school coach is extremely close with Illinois assistant Billy Gillespie. Will that be enough for Williams to become the second PG to commit to Illinois this year?

"[Brown's commitment] made me think about a little bit, but I think we can play together," Williams said. "I talked to Dee on the phone and he sounded like he was cool with that."

There isn't much of a chance Williams would commit to a school without seeing the campus first. He hasn't been to any of the campuses yet. He wants to visit both Illinois and Georgia Tech in early August. He has no plans to make any unofficial visits prior to the start of adidas ABCD Camp July 7.

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