Williams Has Big Summer; Interest Picks Up

Jordan Williams, a 6-foot-9, 245-pounder, put together a big month of July and now has a handful of scholarship offers to choose from.

It's been an up and down ride for Jordan Williams. Back in April, the 6-foot-9 big man didn't know if he'd stay with the New England Playaz, and thought about switching squads, now he's glad he stayed.

"I didn't feel like I was a big part of my team," he said. "Erik [Murphy] and Nate [Lubick] were doing real well, it was hard to follow in their foot steps. I was just frustrated and I was thinking about playing for a new AAU team because I didn't think where I was, was helping me."

Gradually, Williams' role got bigger and his game started progressing. By July high major schools were making it a priority to see him in action, and at the adidas It Takes 5ive Classic he proved his worth.

"Cincinnati was big because that's when coaches started looking and they started watching me and following me a little bit more," Williams said. "I think the main thing was for me to stay consistent because if a coach saw me play just one good game and four bad then they aren't going to look at you. The main thing was trying to be consistent."

The Torrington (Conn.) High standout went from receiving interest from MAC and Atlantic 10 schools, to now holding scholarship offers from Marquette, Villanova, St. John's, Georgetown, Maryland, Providence, Xavier, Rhode Island, Seton Hall and Connecticut. He said Pittsburgh, Arizona, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt and Sienna are also showing interest.

"I'm thinking about [the recruiting process], but it's tough because a lot of these schools just started recruiting me, so I haven't really gotten a good feel for any of these schools, besides St. John's," Williams said. "They've been there since before most of these schools and my sister goes there."

With the obvious St. John's connection and their persistence with his recruitment, does that give them an extra edge?

"I wouldn't say that it puts them in a stronger position, but I'm not going to forget about them just because some other bigger schools have started to recruit me," Williams said. "They are still going to be there, just because of the fact that they were there in the beginning."

Williams is hoping to take some college visits in the near future and further develop relationships with the schools starting to show interest.

"Other schools have just started recruiting me now, so I'm starting to talk to the coaches, trying to get a feel for each of these schools and hopefully I'm going to take a couple of official visits in August or September," Williams said.

"I'm going to try and visit Maryland and Villanova, as many schools as I can," he continued. "I know Xavier wants me to take a visit. I'm going to see when I have some free time and try and visit as many as I can."

At this point Williams doesn't have any set dates, and doesn't have a timetable on when he would like to make his college decision.

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