Williams capitalizing on talent

Always an elite talent, Memphis native Johnathan Williams has had some huge games this summer on the Nike EYBL circuit.

There has never been any denying the talent of Memphis (Tenn.) Southwind power forward Johnathan Williams. The 6-foot-8 power forward has skill, athleticism, long arms, and the overall ability to takeover games. However he hasn't always dominated, now however that might be changing.

It was a very impressive showing for Williams at the Nike EYBL in Dallas. He put his Bluff City Legends team on his back a few times leading them to key wins. According to Williams the improved play is a mindset as much as anything.

"I am just trying to be mentally tougher on court, banging down low more, getting more rebounds, and blocking shots," said Williams.

When it comes to Williams' recruitment, it should be no surprise that numerous schools are very active in pursuit of the forward.

"Michigan State, Memphis, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Auburn, Alabama, UCLA, Virginia, and Georgetown those are the main schools," said Williams.

For Williams the Michigan State Spartans provide an interesting college option because of the style of play they use and what Coach Tom Izzo demands out of his big guys.

"They are saying some good things," said Williams of Michigan State. "Tom Izzo is a great coach and he makes sure you rebound and play hard, and I like that type of coach."

The hometown Memphis Tigers have been very active with Williams for quite some time, and he says it is great to hear from Josh Pastner's squad.

"It is a great feeling knowing that the team from my hometown wants me, but I know that I have to keep working hard," said Williams of Memphis.

In terms of North Carolina, the two parties are seemingly in the beginning stages of the recruitment.

"They haven't offered me a scholarship yet," Williams said of UNC. "They are just telling me that they are still recruiting me and that they will be watching me."

Currently Williams has no timeline for his recruitment, but he does know what he will be looking for in a school when the time comes for him to make a decision.

"I look for how they would develop me as a player, are the coaches close with their players, and things like that," said Williams.

Williams is a five-star prospect and is rated as the No. 5 power forward and the No. 17 player overall.

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