Bloomington – David Williams went about things in an unconventional way.
Some two months after verbally committing to the Hoosiers, the 6'7", 200-pound junior from Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast H.S. made his first visit to Bloomington to see exactly where he plans to call home once he gets to college. The first member of Indiana's 2010 recruiting class, Williams was in town for Indiana's Elite Camp June 13-14 and wound up extending his stay in town for four or five days to get a feel for the community.
"It was a great experience getting on campus and seeing how everything is going to be when I get there," Williams said. "From the players on the team to the people I was walking by on campus and in the streets, everyone was so nice and welcoming."
While the more traditional approach to recruiting is for a player to get a first-hand look at a college before he commits, it shouldn't come as a great surprise that an unconventional player was willing to take an unconventional approach to the process.
What makes Williams unconventional is that on one possession you might find him running the point and getting his team into the offense. On the next, he might be getting up the floor and setting up in the post. From the one to the five and each position in between, Williams has the ability to fit wherever a coach needs him.
"Versatility is what I hear about the most," Williams said. "Sometimes I might play center, and others I might be running the point. It doesn't matter to me – I'm open to playing wherever."
From first hand accounts at IU's Elite Camp, Williams impressed on-lookers with that versatility. While he might not be someone who can take over a game offensively at this point in his career, he does a lot of the little things that a team needs to be successful.
IU assistant coach Roshown McLeod has been well aware of Williams' tools after coaching him last summer on the AAU circuit, and Williams so impressed IU Coach Tom Crean at a workout in the spring that he was offered an IU scholarship. While both IU coaches like what Williams brings to the table, they both want to see him improve in one particular area before he's slated to arrive at IU.
"One of the things they talk about is being more aggressive on the court," Williams said of the feedback he got from the IU staff at Elite Camp. "I was expecting that – that's something I know I need to work on."
Williams plans to work on that this summer on the AAU circuit, and he hopes to return to Bloomington again later this summer before he gets his senior season at First Coast H.S. underway in the fall. While he does have one year of high school remaining, Williams says he's already excited about getting to IU because he believes McLeod and Crean will be able to get the most out of his abilities.
"Coach Ro, he's the kind of coach that helps me see how things really are," Williams said. "And Coach Crean, he's very intense. He'll make me work harder than I ever have and get a lot out of me."
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