2009 6-3 combo guard Orlando Williams is one of many standouts from Princeton being recruited to play basketball at Miami (OH). He is a teammate of three other Princeton Vikings (2009 SF/PF Stephon Johnson, 2009 WF Marquis Horne, and 2010 2G Jordan Siebert) who will make up the core of one of the favorites to win the Ohio Division I state championship in 2009. RedHawk Insider caught up with Orlando recently at Miami's Elite Camp and discussed his prospects for next season, AAU ball, his personality, and the schools recruiting him.
"I think we got a real good chance (at winning the GMC)," said Williams. "(Our team's) got Stephon (and) our main point guard Jaymon Ballew. Besides that we are deep, young and coachable." Williams added, "Our main competition is Middletown. They got everyone back but Phillip (Barnett)."
However, Williams sees more in the future for Princeton than a league title – he wants to win the state title. "When we get further in the tournament we have to worry about Centerville and Garfield."
Williams has a versatile game. He describes his game as a "point guard/shooting guard."
Said Williams, "I can post up. I can go from the outside. I am athletic. I can do everything basically." He describes his strength as his ability to get to the basket and to shoot the jump shot consistently. During this summer, he has been in the gym every day working on his jump shooting.
He is playing summer AAU basketball with Ohio Basketball Club (OBC) along with his high school teammate Stephon Johnson and Danny McElroy. OBC recently won the Ohio state AAU championship 92-90 in overtime over All-Ohio Red.
His dad, Orlando Williams, Sr. is his AAU coach. Orlando says he enjoys playing for dad. "He is helping me get into schools. He's been (coaching) me since the second grade. He has been coaching all of us," added Williams. "Stephon (Johnson) came on board in the fourth grade. So it has been a real good experience."
Williams described himself in detail, "I am a hard worker. Good kid to know. I get along with everyone. I am not a bad kid. I don't have a bad attitude on or off the court. I like to do the positive thing and am a positive role model. I help mentor little kids in Cincinnati at elementary school, kids who are having a hard time."
The mentoring program began with his former head coach, the late Bill Brewer. Williams stated, "(The church) called some of our players to help mentor and be a positive role model for them. And we were there. Coach Brewer started that before he passed away (last year)."
Coach Brewer's death was felt by Orlando. "He was like another father to me. He was real cool and outgoing. He was just like that with everyone else who knew him."
Before coaching Princeton, Brewer was the head coach at Cincinnati's Roger Bacon High School. There he coached Bacon to the 2002 state championship over LeBron James and Akron's St. Vincent-St. Mary. It was the only loss to an Ohio team by SVSM during LeBron's tenure. Bacon was led by two former Miami RedHawks: Josh Hausfeld (had 7 treys and was tourney MVP) and Monty St. Clair.
Coach Brewer was not modest about beating LeBron. "Oh yeah," Williams said. "He always talked about beating LeBron."
After Brewer's death, he was replaced by Josh Andrews who Williams felt did a fine job in a tough situation, "He is real good. He came in and handled his job real well. He coached us to the district (championship). We played good under him. We had a lot of pressure and played through it. He coached us real well."
Williams is now beginning to focus on where he wants to attend college. He says he is already qualified academically (2.7 GPA and 25 ACT). In college, he is planning to major in architecture because he "likes to draw and design things."
The schools he is primarily interested in are Miami (OH), James Madison, Tulane, and Virginia. Said Williams, "Tulane and Virginia have been following me real hard so we will see where that will go." He has received offers from MAC schools Miami, Bowling Green, Kent, Toledo, and Akron. Wright State and Marshall have also extended offers.
Williams has visited Miami, Bowling Green, Virginia, West Virginia, and James Madison. He plans on taking a visit to Wright State in the future. He came away impressed with the facilities at both Miami and James Madison during his visits to those two schools.
In choosing a college, Orlando is looking for "a chance to meet new people. Just chatting and having fun."
Williams's clear cut leader at the point is Miami. However, a decision from him will not likely come soon. He said he will decide before his high school basketball season starts.