2013 Intro: Jonathan Williams

Jonathan Williams is the new next big thing in the city of Memphis.

It seems that every year the city of Memphis is producing big time basketball players, and in the 2013 class there is no exception. The best of the bunch is Jonathan Williams, and the 6-foot-8 forward has made a huge impression as only a sophomore.

It was a banner year for Williams according to Memphis Southwind High School coach Paul Edwards.

"He had a great season," said Edwards of Williams. "He led us in a lot of categories. Roughly he averaged about 18 points and 12 rebounds per game this season. He shot over 50 percent from three and also blocked some shots. Jonathan just did a little bit of everything."

For Edwards he says that the skill level that Williams possesses is what has him so heavily recruited by college coaches and ranked as the No. 16 player in the nation already.

"Jonathan has a great knowledge of the game and is very unselfish," said Edwards. "His best asset is at his height he is just so skilled. He can pass it, he can shoot it, and he can handle it. I didn't see Lamar Odom as a 15 year old, but he has that kind of skill set. He isn't Lamar Odom yet, but that is the type of thing he brings to a team."

When it comes to his recruitment, schools have been coming by Southwind quite often. After missing much of July with injuries, coaches have been impressed with what they have seen this season.

"Memphis, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, UConn, Texas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Georgetown, Oregon State, and Oklahoma State are the schools who have been by," Edwards listed. "All of them pretty much have offered."

Right now Williams is taking the recruiting attention all in stride, and is getting some help from his older brother on how to handle the process.

"He's a different kid," Edwards explained. "He's an honor student who just kind of laughs at everything. He always tells me that he just has to stay humble and keep working. His brother Johnny Williams plays at George Mason, and he leans on his brother for advice and that is a big asset for him."

For now Williams is focused on simply being the best player he can be, and for his coach that means being a gym rat who is constantly working.

"He wants to be in the conversation of one of the best when it is all said and done," said Edwards. "He works to get better every day and that is what makes him special, his work ethic. As long as he keeps on working like he is working, the sky is the limit."

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