There aren’t many players in the 2017 class with more long term potential than Malik Williams. The 6-foot-10 junior has perimeter skills, length, athleticism, and a frame to add significant weight. His potential appears to be through the roof, and he had some good moments over the weekend at the FORUM Tip Off Classic.
“It is the second game of the season,” explained Williams. “We didn’t start out well in game one, but tonight we started off well, we just didn’t finish it off.”
He continued, “I have been working hard on my post-up game and my ball handling. My jump shot has struggled the last two games, but I have been working on that as well.”
Recruiting wise Williams is one of the hottest commodities in the Midwest. Already schools such as Cincinnati, Xavier, Iowa, Indiana, and Purdue have offered Williams with others such as Notre Dame, Illinois, Michigan State, and Michigan showing interest.
Iowa was in attendance on Saturday to see Williams, and they clearly have been putting in a lot of work with the four-star prospect.
“It has been a big message that they really want me,” said Williams. “They stay in contact with me, and them coming here showed me they are really interested.”
Also recently Williams made an unofficial visit down to Indiana for their Hoosier Hysteria event, and he came away impressed with the atmosphere.
“It was a good trip,” said Williams of the visit. “I was down there for Hoosier Hysteria and that is always fun and it was a good atmosphere.”
Also he made a fairly recent visit to Purdue, and that trip opened up Williams’ eyes to the Boilermakers.
“It is a nice campus, the coaching staff is good, and when they play they utilize their big man, and play as a team,” noted Williams. “They let their big man play, and I really like that.”
Currently Williams is trying to gain as much information as he can about the schools recruiting him, and says he has no current visits set up.