2006 Focus: L.D. Williams

L.D. Williams isn't regretting his decision to move from a small high school in North Carolina to Montverde. Not only is the ultra-athletic junior getting more exposure; he's also getting better.

Montverde Academy is quickly being known as a basketball powerhouse that features plenty of foreign talent, but one United States native with a bright future is L.D. Williams.

Williams is a 6-5, 190-pound athletic junior who decided to make the move from Forbush High in North Carolina largely in part because of Montverde coach Kevin Sutton.

``It seemed like the education was better here and I'd be able to get more attention in the classroom," Williams said. "I had a good coach at Forbush, but there were some things they just couldn't do for me and a lot of people recommended Coach Sutton. He was a major deciding factor in me being here."

Williams is a big-time athletic who plays with Boo Williams in the summer. He knows he'll need to work on his outside shot before he gets to college.

``I've been coaching for 18 years and he's the first player I've coached that can catch the ball before the three-point line, take one dribble and finish at the rim," Sutton said. "He's as explosive as Damien Wilkins or Exree Hipp."

``He still needs to be more consistent on his outside shot, although he's got great form," added Sutton. "He's so athletic that he's always taken the ball to the basket. He just needs to round out his game and once he adds that to his package, he'll definitely be a high-major player."

Some of the high-majors are already taking a look. Williams makes no secret of his admiration for Wake Forest, but he's also looking at Xavier, Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina and Miami. Sutton said that Clemson and Charlotte have also expressed interest.

``Wake Forest is close to home, but I like Xavier's style of play and I love the way Florida plays and the coaches that are there," Williams said. "Wake Forest would be tough to turn down if they offer."

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