Fresh off a monster July, Scout.com top-30 class of 2017 prospect Malik Williams has cut his list to a final eight.
The 6-foot-11 forward from Fort Wayne (IN) Snider and the Legit Basketball AAU program has cut his list to Indiana, Louisville, Iowa, Purdue, Michigan State, Georgetown, UCLA and N.C. State tonight.
Williams plans to take visits and make a decision this fall.
Indiana coach Tom Crean and Louisville coach Rick Pitino were the two coaches most active in watching Williams in July.
Both made special trips to see him in Philadelphia the first of the three July evaluation periods, Pitino starting that period there and Crean closing it.
Iowa's Fran McCaffery, Michigan State's Tom Izzo, Georgetown's John Thompson, Purdue's Matt Painter and UCLA's Steve Alford also watched multiple times the first two evaluation periods.
Williams had a monster July.
He finished with 55 points, 27 rebounds, 11 blocked shots, 10 assists and five steals in two teams in the AAU Super Showcase in Orlando.
During the second July evaluation period, he had a game of 31 points and 11 rebounds an hit a big 3-pointer in the final 30 seconds to lead Team Legit to a key win.
During one stretch at the Under Armour Finals in Atlanta, Williams scored 117 points over four games.
Overall, Williams scored from the arc and on mid-range and baseline jumpers on a consistent basis, ran the floor, rebounded, defended in the paint, blocked shots and played a terrific overall game throughout July.
Williams started his summer with a very nice showing a the NBPA Top 100 camp in Charlottesville, Va., playing some of the best post defense he's shown.