Williams attracts new suitors

Grant Williams has a lot to prove this summer, but more to others than to himself. A self-assured, big winner at Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day, Williams has exceeded expectations this month and raised his grassroots stature in the process.

You might not guess it based on his 6-7 height, but post anchor Grant Williams has ranked among the best rebounders on the Nike circuit this summer. Both at the Peach Jam and last week’s Lawson/Oladipo Camp, Williams showcased strength, quick reflexes, aggression and excellent hands to rip down rebounds in traffic.

Williams also leaps out of his area and outmuscles opponents for long caroms and loose balls. While not an explosive straight-up leaper, he’s very mobile and possesses better offensive skills than he generally receives credit.

He teams with Harry Giles, Alterique Gilbert and others for CP3, a loaded squad fell short of reaching the Peach Jam Final just over a week ago. Williams nevertheless feels very positive heading into late July.

”It’s been a good summer, playing with CP3 and doing well, just lost a heartbreaker at the Peach Jam,” Williams said. “I feel like I’ve been playing pretty well, showing colleges that I have a motor.”

Williams’ primary challenge, from a recruiting point of view, remains that he’s only 6-7 and viewed by many coaches as a pure low post player. That obviously places him on the small side and thus some coaches have been wary to jump into the fray before evaluating him on multiple occasions.

Interestingly, however, he actually does create for himself more frequently for Providence Day and also did so at Lawson/Oladipo. He handles fairly well going right and also is a capable medium-range shooter when left open. His three-point shot needs work and he can struggle with length, but he regards his under-appreciated skills as the key to obtaining more scholarship offers.

”A lot of coaches say that I’m a little bit small for the position they see me playing,” Williams said. “In my opinion, I’m really versatile, but with CP3 I play more on the inside and coaches don’t really get to see my outside game. I’m trying to show the versatile part this summer and during the high school season.”

While his recruiting interest may not have been as widespread as he’d like, the plot appears to be rising in intensity.

”A lot of schools have been picking up recently,” he said. “I think Maryland, Ole Miss, Texas Tech are there. Tennessee, Wofford, Yale, Harvard … I have 20 or so offers.”

Williams is a top student at a strong school and thus enjoys the option to pursue a more academically-minded path, should he desire, but clearly there’s blossoming major conference interest there as well.

In other words, the ambitious young man has a lot to think about — and increasingly more to think about as his options continue to expand.

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