Williams Emerges as a Priority Terps Recruit

With the Maryland men's basketball roster in immediate need of impact big men, the Terps staff has torched the recruiting trail this summer looking to procure a post player or two. One such prospect who has emerged recently as one of their highest priorities is fast-rising Torrington, CT, native Jordan Williams.

Williams, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound rising senior, has shown a vastly improved game recently on the summer circuit, most notably out in Vegas this week, where he led the New England Playaz to a 6-1 mark while atrracting a courtside knot of Division I head coaches.

"The main schools are Maryland, Wake Forest, Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Providence, Vanderbilt, Xavier, Rhode Island and St. John's. Oh, and I think Pittsburgh and George Mason Williams said. "The ones that have offered are Maryland, Georgetown, Xavier, Providence, URI and St. John's."

Williams has spoken to a few head coaches, including Terps coach Gary Williams. His father also received a phone call recently from Williams.

"I spoke with Gary Williams for about 10 minutes, and he also called my dad last week and spoke with my dad for about 20 minutes," he said. "He's a great guy. He's a great coach, too. He was telling me that I remind him of some of his old players, like Joe Smith and Chris Wilcox, although I guess I'm maybe a little bit taller and he's more athletic … My dad thought he was a really good guy. He liked him a lot."

Williams said he is looking for somewhere he can come in and make an immediate impact, and has been given the impression that would be the case at Maryland.

"He told me that they're in need of post players and that I'm the No. 1 guy on their list," he said.

Williams averaged some gaudy numbers last season at Torrington High – 28 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks – but it may have been detrimental, he said.

"The league I play in, in Connecticut, isn't that tough, so I can do a lot of things that I can't do on the national circuit," he said. "I was a step behind everybody, but now I have adjusted my game and just put it all together."

Williams has excellent hands and a variety of post moves, which along with his sudden and quick progression, seem like the makings for a ready-made freshman big man a year from now.

He's got tremendous hands, he's long, he's got tremendous feel, he creates a lot of space and he's playing at a very high level every time," said AAU coach T.J. Gassnola.

He's coming off of strong junior year academically and doesn't expect to have any issues qualifying. He also doesn't expect to commit until late fall, though it could happen sooner. He'll take several unofficial visits in August, including a trip to College Park.

"I'm open right now. Like I told a reporter the other day, if I had to choose right now, Maryland would be [among the top choices]. I'm not saying I'd commit [right now] but Maryland is one of my top schools," Williams said.

"If I feel like I'm ready to commit, I'm going to commit. If I find the right fit, I'm not going to wait to commit just because it's early fall."

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