Shooting guard Paul Williams has built a name for himself already as one of the top prospects in the Class of 2008. At 6'3.5", Williams has already seen heavy interest from several programs across the country. Home-state programs Michigan and Michigan State have both had heavy contact while other programs like Miami (Fla.), Memphis, Tennessee, Syracuse and Cincinnati have also entered the picture.
Williams spoke about what he's looking for in a program. "I'm looking for a program I can come into and play right away. I don't want to go and have to sit early in my career."
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During our conversation Williams spoke about his most recent visit to the campus of the University of Cincinnati. "Our team won the championship at Cincinnati's camp. The coaches were real cool and everything I saw was good. It was a very nice environment."
Williams was quick to ask about his rankings on Scout.com. "What is my current ranking?" When told he was a 4-star prospect just outside the Top 10 Williams was quick to counter. "I know I'm as good if not better then some of them, I just need to go out and prove it."
As for his basketball game, we asked Williams what areas he feels are his strengths and weaknesses at this stage of his development. "I need to work on going to the basket strong from the right side. I need to be able to drive all the way to the hoop or stop and hit the jumper. My strength is just the opposite as I'm very good at going to the basket from my left."
This summer Williams has been playing AAU ball with one of the top programs in the country. Playing for The Family allows Williams the chance to play against some of the top competition in the nation while also playing with some top prospects like Devin Search and Jordan Crawford. "I've been doing very well when we travel. I've made several All-Tournament Teams and been in the Top 5 at many of them with some of my teammates."
While Williams wants his game to become like NBA star Tracy McGrady's he's been told his game is more along the lines of Michael Redd.
Williams visit during the Bearcats recent team camp didn't go unnoticed by the coaching staff. "The coaches talked with me while I was there and I could see myself playing there. They told me they will need a shooting guard that can play right away in my class. They said the need for a player willing to come in and score along with playing defense as soon as possible is high on their list. And that caught my attention."
When does Williams look to end his recruiting? "I plan on making my decision sometime between January and June of 2007.
Bearcat Insider would like to thank Paul for taking the time and talking about his recent visit with the Bearcats. We'll continue to follow the recruitment of Williams and will bring you updates on how his summer goes after a few more camps (Nike) and also during his junior season.