McDonald's Spotlight: Amir Williams

CHICAGO -- Low block scorers tend not to be featured in all-star games, but Amir Williams is hoping to make an impact even with an eye injury.

True centers aren't something that the class of 2011 will be known for. However one of the players down on the block in the class that has drawn significant attention is Amir Williams. The future Ohio State Buckeye has been continually improving and is trying to make a point at the McDonald's All-American Game.

Things haven't gone quite as planned for Williams. The 6-foot-10 center suffered an injury to his left eye during the second practice of the week, and since then his participation has been very limited.

"It was just a little incident at practice," said Williams of the injury. "I got poked in the eye by one of the players going up for a dunk or something. It scratched my eye a little bit, but I will be fine to play."

Even with the injury, Williams says that the whole McDonald's game experience has been a positive one.

"It is a great experience," explained Williams. "It is more than basketball. Just being a part of the McDonald's game and everything and learn about the Ronald McDonald house and playing alongside 23 other great players, it has just been great."

Before this week Williams was expected to be the starting center for the Ohio State Buckeyes next season. However Jared Sullinger decided to come back, and even though Williams knows he will see less minutes, in the end he feels it is a good thing.

"I am excited to play for Ohio State next year," said Williams. "Jared Sullinger says he is staying so I am real excited to play alongside another McDonald's All-American. I know I can help my game a lot going against him every day in practice."

Williams knows that going against such a strong player on a daily basis will teach him how to get things done on the low block.

"It just will help me in learning how to establish position," said Williams. "I just am not used to played against guys my size. Battling against him every day will make me stronger at a lot of different things."

For now Williams is just working to be the best player that he can, and that means expanding his offensive game.

"My offense is coming along pretty well," said Williams. "I have just been working every day in practice to establish a go to move as well as a 10-15 foot jumper that I can use at the next level."


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