Williams III talks summer, recruitment

On Sunday night, TigerAuthority.com caught up with five-star Southwind (Memphis, Tenn.) forward Jonathan Williams III and his father, Johnny Williams, for an update on Williams III's summer and recruitment.

On Sunday night, TigerAuthority.com caught up with five-star Southwind (Memphis, Tenn.) forward Jonathan Williams III and his father, Johnny Williams, for an update on Williams III's summer and recruitment.

This summer, Williams III won a gold medal with the USA U-16 team in Cancun, Mexico. A month after, Williams III and his 16's AAU team, Memphis YOMCA, won the Peach Jam in Augusta, S.C.

His father said Kentucky, Memphis, Notre Dame, and Florida are just a few of the universities that have offered his son. North Carolina and Texas have visited him at Southwind, he said.

And even though Williams III has been firmly in the national spotlight since before his ninth grade season, he said he's actually enjoying the recruiting process.

"It's been great," Williams III said. "Meeting new people and college coaches, it makes you feel good. You've got to just stay humble and keep working hard. It's a great experience. I'm having fun with it."

His father, who said he places a high value on his son's rapport with a coach, said he's hearing the most from Kentucky, Memphis, Florida, Georgetown and Tennessee.

Williams III has been communicating recently with newly-hired Memphis assistant coach, Damon Stoudamire and said he thinks his hometown university could be a good situation for him.

"I think Memphis has a great program," Williams III said. "It sounds pretty good. Josh Pastner is a pretty good coach. I think it's a great school."

Williams III's father said by next August, the five-star forward should have a top five in order to utilize the five official visits allotted to him.

Williams III said he'll weigh several factors before he decides on a school.

"The academics and also how the coach is to a player, and how they'll play me," Williams III said. "I'm not a slow-it-down player. I'm looking at how they run a fast break, their personnel situation. All that blends in with what school I'm going to choose."


In the midst of attracting national attention as a 6-foot-8 freshman prodigy, Southwind High (Memphis, Tenn.) forward Jonathan Williams III traveled to Lexington, Ky., to take in the Kentucky-North Carolina game at Rupp Arena.

This year, Williams, now a junior, has plans again to relive the match-up of two of college basketball's marquee programs.

"When I went to Rupp as a freshman, it was so amazing," Williams III said. "The fans were crazy. I was like oh my goodness. It was a great moment."

The game takes place on December 3 this season.


Jonathan Williams III has heard the rumblings about five-star forward Jarnell Stokes transferring to Southwind. If it happens, Williams III said he's excited about the possibilities.

"It would be awesome because you can't double team both of us," said Williams III, who played briefly with Stokes on the YOMCA 17‘s unit before switching back to the 16‘s. "We'd be unstoppable. We just have to play together and play team ball. That's the key."

Misc: Williams III will rejoin the USA U-16 team once again in October for three days.


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