One of the top-35 2017 prospects in the nation, Fort Wayne Snider’s Malik Williams has completed two significant summer visits.
The 6-foot-11 forward ranked No. 31 nationally in the 2017 class by Scout.com, visited Michigan State this week and Louisville earlier in June.
He is now getting ready for his final AAU summer, playing with Team Legit.
Indiana remains one of the schools pursuing hard, and he plans to wait until after July to make another visit to Bloomington.
IU coach Tom Crean and assistant Tim Buckley have been recruiting Williams for a couple years.
“They’ve pretty much been telling me how they would utilize my skills, how they would play around me and how much they want me in their program,” Williams said.
At Michigan State this week, the Spartans showed Williams some of the remodeling going on and stressed how much they want him.
Louisville offered Williams this spring after he had a big weekend at the Bill Hensley Memorial Spiece Run ’n Slam.
“It was a nice visit,” Williams said. “I had a nice talk with coach (Rick) Pitino. It was nice meeting their whole men’s basketball program. They have a nice campus.
“The gym was really nice. I really like the KFC Yum! Center.”
Williams plans to cut his list on or near his birthday, Aug. 26 and said he likely will take official visits after that to his finalists. Players are allowed a maximum of five official visits.
He initially was going to make a decision on Aug. 26.
“Really, it’s just wanting to take the official visits,” he said. “It’s going to be a tough decision, and once I get there, there’s nothing else I can do. I want that program to get me to the next level.”
Williams has a strong support group that includes his mom.
“She’ll be a big factor in the decision,” he said. “She’s been there since day one. She comes with me on all the visits. She knows more about the colleges than I do.
“She loves Louisville. That’s always been her team growing up, but that won’t make the decision any easier or anything.”
Peegs.com watched Williams in person at his most recent event, the National Basketball Players Association Top 100 Camp, where he probably showed as much defensively and on the boards as anything.
Even though he’s still developing strength at this stage, Williams’ played some solid defense using his length.
His 3-point shooting, a major weapon at his size, was on display as he went 2-for-3 from the arc in his opening game of the day and 1-for-2 in his second.
In his second game, he had 11 points, a game-high nine rebounds and four steals in 23 minutes.
In his first game, he was his team’s second-leading rebounder with eight in 26 minutes while going against a team with five players 6-foot-10 and two 6-foot-9.