Initially, the plan was for Vincent Williams to put together a solid 2008-09 campaign at Homestead (FL) South Dade and then head off to a prep school. With that in mind, Williams coaches had been treating the 6-foot-1 point guard's recruitment as if he was a junior.
After averaging over 26 points and five assists per game, things could be changing according to Williams coach at South Dade, John Herron.
"Originally, the plan was to go to prep and reclassify," said Herron of Williams. "He had such an unbelievable year and started playing so well that people started to come in pretty hard this spring."
A slender floor general with exceptional quickness, Williams has shown flashes. However, his coach thinks that playing in the summer against top competition helped Williams realize that he was ready to take the next step with his game.
"I think the light finally clicked on," said Herron. "Playing in the spring and summer at the Rumble in the Bronx, the Peach Jam, the Main Event and stuff like that he played against some of the top guys in the country. When school started, I told him that he's not going to play against guys who are better than what he's already played and that it was his time."
Lately, Herron's phone has been ringing off the hook. After quality mid major programs like UAB, Saint Louis, Charlotte and Tulsa made initial contact, high majors have come calling. Marquette has been in, North Carolina State will be in tomorrow and Oklahoma will be in on Monday.
Also stopping by recently was Kentucky's Tracy Webster. "Coach Webster came down and his main thing was that they may need a point guard in this class," Herron told Kentucky Sports Report. "He thinks they need a guy who can come in and manage a team and he liked him."
According to Herron, the next step is for Kentucky to decide whether or not to take their recruitment of Williams to another level.
"I gave coach Webster some film because he'd never seen him," said Herron. "Now, he's going to take that film back and watch it with the rest of the staff and see what they think."
Not opposed to taking a redshirt year if needed, Williams is wide open. Prep school is still an option, but he'd prefer to land at a college in the fall of 2009. Now it's just a matter of seeing who offers.
"He wants to go to a school in '09 and he's got some good mid majors and some high majors sniffing around," said Herron. "It's hard to find a good point guard this late and even harder to find one who is going to qualify. He's both of those things."