Williams' family ties could help Louisville

Shawn Williams, the No. 6-rated small forward in the 2009 class, has strong connections to Louisville and local family ties could play a significant factor in his college decision. InsideTheVille.com has the latest on the Scout.com four-star prospect.

Shawn Williams, the No. 6-rated small forward in the 2009 class, has strong connections to Louisville and local family ties could play a significant factor in his college decision.

Williams, a 6'7 guard/forward from Duncanville, TX, grew up in Arkansas. But his mother hails from Louisville, still has family in the Louisville area and is an adamant Cardinals fan. So when Rick Pitino offered a scholarship last spring it was a big deal for the Williams family.

Besides Pitino's Cardinals, who else has made the 190-pound Williams a priority recruiting target?

"I would say Texas, Arkansas, Louisville, Kentucky, Baylor and Indiana," said Williams' father, Shawn Williams. "All of those schools came down in (September). North Carolina came down a couple times. Kansas has been in the gym. All the Big XII schools and several of the SEC schools have come down. Coach Gillespie has been down about three times. Louisville has been here."


Shawn Williams has family ties in Louisville.
Though Williams isn't in a hurry to make a decision, he has been active in the recruiting process. He has already made several unofficial visits, including one to Louisville, and he's planning to make at least two more unofficial visits during the upcoming season.

"He's been to Baylor. He's been to Arkansas. His mom is from Louisville and we've been there," Williams said. "We're going to get to Kentucky during the season. And we're also going to get down to Indiana."

Williams' family ties to Louisville could play a factor in his decision, according to his father.

"I think it plays somewhat of a role – it plays a pretty good role," Williams said. ""All of my wife's family still lives in Louisville and we get up there once a year. She is die-hard Louisville and she emphasizes Louisville a lot.

"But he grew up in Arkansas and he grew up a Razorback fan and then we moved to Texas when he was in fifth grade. So those two schools because of the family ties I think that at the end of the day he'll decide on the school that is the best fit for him basketball-wise."

Do Louisville and Arkansas top Williams' current list of favorites?

"They are definitely up there, but it's still early in the process," Williams said. "We're really going to watch Louisville. We kind of have an idea about Pitino and his style. We're looking at how the teams play and who they have on the roster where he goes to school.

"We have to look at Arkansas because they have a new coach(John Pelphrey). We were familiar with Coach Gillespie at Texas A&M but it will be interesting to see if he brings that same style to Kentucky because at Texas A&M it was more of a high post-low post get it inside type of deal. We're pretty much just looking at style of play and what players will be on the roster when he's coming in and the opportunity to win a national championship. He really wants to win at every level."

How would Williams describe the perfect college system to fit his son's abilities and talent on the court?

"We're looking for a place where they give freedom to their players to play," Williams said. "The team's that get up and down the floor and allow you the freedom to shoot the three off the break. That style fits him."

Williams will look to make a decision next summer.

"He'll probably make his decision after the July evaluation period," said Williams. "We're probably looking at sometime in August or September of next year to make a decision."


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