Williams Ready for 'Big' Challenge

Prior to heading to the Derby Festival Classic, University of Kentucky signee Mike Williams wasn't necessarily certain he'd end up a Kentucky Wildcat.

"It concerned me because they had no coach for a while after Tubby left," Williams said of the search just prior to the Derby Festival Classic in Louisville (Ky.). "I kept wondering who it was gonna be, because it had been a while, but then they hired Billy Gillispie and I was happy about that."

One chance to talk with Coach Billy Gillispie and suddenly the Falls Church (Va.) native started whistling a different tune.

"He just told me to work hard and get ready to work hard when I come there," Williams said. "He got me real excited to play for him. For next year and the years after."

The 7-foot, 275 pound center is not considering getting out of his letter of intent and is awaiting the opportunity to move to Lexington in the summer.

According to Bishop Ireton head coach Mark Vincent, Williams has plenty to learn before he becomes an impact player as a Wildcat.

"He really needs to take his time in the post and slow down and make moves," Vincent said about his star recruit. "He needs to keep the ball up high. I think once he gets to Kentucky and really works on his body they'll lower his body fat and get him down.

"We've got to get him more comfortable with the basketball and handle it a little bit but he is 7-foot," Vincent added. "He's done a great job. He works and always has a positive attitude."

A two-star recruit and arguably the least heralded signee of the bunch expected to enroll this fall, Williams chose Kentucky over interest from DePaul and American University.

As a senior, the England native averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds a game playing the center position. He was recruited by former UK assistant Scott Rigot and verballed to then coach Tubby Smith, unexpectedly, in September.

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