Center Grant Williams has visited Tennessee and will travel to Princeton soon

Competing for some of the state’s most powerful high school and travel team programs has enabled senior big man Grant Williams to build a resume worthy of major conference attention. And yet, his high academics have brought him accolades of a different type as well.

When Grant Williams ultimately sits down to evaluate his options for college, he’ll have more on his mind than hoops. The 6-7 post player — who competes for Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day during the season and toured with CP3 this past summer — fits the definition of student-athlete and enjoys major athletics and major academics suitors for the next level.

Williams played alongside No. 1 senior Harry Giles on the EYBL circuit and proved he can compete versus national competition. He averaged nine points and seven rebounds per game for CP3, and in seven games at the Peach Jam he shot just under 60 percent from the field.

Not surprisingly for a high academic achiever, the burly big man adapts quickly to challenges and improves over time.

In recruiting, Williams thus far has taken fall visits to Yale and Tennessee. He also has a trip to Princeton scheduled for Oct. 3 and, with his two available slots, still is considering trips to Rutgers, Rice or Richmond.

His visit to Knoxville brought him face to face with Rick Barnes’ rejuvenated program.

”Tennessee was amazing, I loved it,” Williams said. “We went to the (football) game and met all the academic advisors and AD, had a photoshoot and enjoyed each other and went on the river.”

He said that Barnes and assistant Desmond Oliver — who previously spent several years at Charlotte — are his primary contacts.

He said that he enjoyed his trip to Yale as well, calling it “beautiful.”

Williams said that he may sign in the fall, depending upon how the Princeton visit goes and if he opts to take additional trips.

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