There aren’t many more naturally talented prospects in the 2017 class than Malik Williams. Williams is a four-star center/power forward from Ft. Wayne that has really stepped his game up in the past 12 months. Now the 6-foot-10 prospect is more consistent than ever, and continues to reel in significant high-major interest.
“The spring has been going pretty good,” said Williams of the spring. “I think I have played well. I have focused on getting stronger and finishing better around the basket.”
Despite not playing on a shoe sponsored circuit, college coaches came out in droves to track Williams during the April evaluation periods.
“I had a lot of people watching,” noted Williams. “The schools that have been in touch the most have been Michigan State, Indiana, Iowa, Purdue, USC just came in, Michigan just came in, Cincinnati, and a few others.”
One of the schools most linked with Williams is Michigan State. Tom Izzo had a recent in-home visit with Williams, and he continues to think highly of the Spartans program.
“It was a very nice talk with Coach Izzo,” said Williams of the visit. “(Izzo) told me I need to work on my consistency. I like that as a coach he keeps it real at all times, and he seems like a real guy.”
Another Head Coach that has made it clear to Williams that he is a priority is Fran McCaffery. The Iowa boss has been all over Williams, and the Hawkeyes continue to make a good impression.
“I have a nice relationship with Coach McCaffery,” explained Williams. “He is a real nice guy, and we have a good relationship. I like that he also keeps it real with me.”
The in-state Indiana Hoosiers have also made it clear to Williams that he is a top priority, and Williams likes the fact that IU has been there since the beginning.
“My relationship with IU is good,” said Williams. “They have been with me the longest and offered me first. Ever since then we have continued to build a good bond.”
For now Williams continues to go through the process at his pace. Initially he wanted to have a decision on his birthday, but now that could be delayed a little bit.
“I plan on either deciding or releasing a top list on my birthday which is August 26,” noted Williams.