Williams Excited to Lead

Class of 2015 forward Xeyrius Williams looks forward to his junior season, which schools are recruiting him, and a few favorites thus far.

While Butler continues to track 2014 prospects, Butler surveys the 2015 landscape as well. A player that Butler head coach Brandon Miller identified early is Xeyrius Williams.

Williams, a 6-foot 8 196-pound small forward, has a unique skillset. He patterns his game after one of the best in the NBA, Kevin Durant.

"I am able to score from anywhere on the floor," Williams told InsideTheDawgPound. "I can get to the basket. I can move without the ball. I'm good from the mid-post, about 15 foot range with a face up. I'm a pretty good shooter and can also extend to 3-pointers. I can play any position. I try to use the way he gets around defenders with the ball in my game."

His ability to play all over the floor has led to numerous colleges making contact with the Ohio native.

"I hear from Akron, Belmont, Butler, Bucknell, Dayton, Indiana State, Illinois State, Jacksonville, Kent State, Kennessaw State, Longwood, Miami (FL), Miami (OH), Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rice, Robert Morris, Stanford, and UNC-Ashville," Williams said. " I have offers from Kent State, Kennesaw State, and Robert Morris."

While the Huber Heights (OH) Wayne forward only has three offers on the table, more could be on the way soon. He also knows which leagues he wants to get more attention from.

"Pennsylvania wants to offer, but they can't since they are Ivy League," Williams explained. "Harvard would be the same. Bucknell and Akron would be pretty close as well. I would want to see schools like Memphis or Syracuse recruit me. Really the Big East or the ACC."

With interest from Ivy League schools it shows that Williams has his academics in impeccable condition. He takes pride in his work not only on the court, but also off the court. Getting a quality education is one of the biggest factors in his recruitment.

"I have no ties to home so the distance really doesn't matter to me," Williams said. "If they can prepare me for what I want to do if basketball doesn't work out, and if they offer my major. I want to major in telecommunications and Spanish. In the basketball aspect of it, if they can prepare me in case I do become good enough to take that next step. Whether that's over seas or the NBA."

While Williams is getting interest from a plethora of schools, he has a few that stand out at this point in his recruitment.

"My favorites would probably be Stanford, Butler, and Kent State," Williams said.

He took a moment to talk about each of those schools:

Stanford – "I talk to Coach Dawkins. It is a really big campus, but it's still closed off. I like how far away it is from home too. That's a different thing about it. I liked the feel when I was there."

Butler – "I talk to Coach Miller, the head coach now. I like the feel of the campus, how it is like secluded. It's like a little area itself. That's something I look for in a campus. I like how the students that go there support the school. There is a lot of school spirit there."

Kent State – "I talk to Coach Haynes and Coach Senderoff. It was the same. I recently went on a visit to Kent State about two weeks ago. I like coaching staff, how they make me feel at home. Their campus was nice. It was a good time for the football game. I liked that feel."

Butler has been recruiting Williams for a few months now with contact starting back in June, when coaches could make their first calls to 2015 prospects. Coach Miller made Williams a priority back then and recently reached out to the junior-to-be to reiterate Butler's interest.

"Coach Miller started talking to me in June, a couple of days after the contact period," Williams said. "He also just recently talked to me. He said hasn't reached out lately because he has to really recruit for the 2014 class right now and get it how he wants. He said he will be recruiting me hard."

After finishing 21-5 and 8-2 in the Central Division of the Greater Western Ohio Conference last year, Williams is looking forward to his role as an upperclassman and is excited for the added responsibility.

"I'm looking forward to, with the seniors being gone, having the pressure being put on me," Williams explained. "I like that. It's really getting put on our junior class now. I want to be able to get our team to state with my fellow juniors. That's really what our hopes are and what our team is looking to."

Williams averaged just over 9 points and 7 rebounds per game as a sophomore and carried his impressive play into the AAU season this spring for All-Ohio Black.

While Williams enjoys playing for his AAU team, after the season he will look to another goal his family has set for him, the EYBL.

"Next year is EYBL and my dad wants me to play for EYBL," Williams said. "That's the highest. I'm going to try out for the Red All-Ohio team."

While Williams is just entering his junior season he doesn't anticipate making a decision until later in his high school career.

"My mom wants me to choose during my senior year," Williams said. "It is probably going to be later so I can keep all of my options open."


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