Orlando Williams is a consensus Top 10 player in the Ohio class of 2009 and was one of the top 5 uncommitted players. He will undoubtedly be one of the highest rated recruits to sign with a MAC school this fall.
Williams chose Miami over offers from Ohio, Bowling Green, Kent, Toledo, Akron, Tulane, Wright State, and Marshall. He also had interest from James Madison, Virginia, and West Virginia. He strongly considered Kent and Tulane, but it was always Miami for him.
So why did one of Ohio's best seniors-to-be choose Miami? Williams said, "The coaches have been recruiting me since day one. They are going to make me a better person on and off the court." He added, "School wise, it is a great fit."
Williams loved the Miami coaching staff. Williams said, "They are all real down to earth people. They are fun to be around. Real cool guys."
Williams was told by the coaches that with all the seniors graduating he could come in and contribute immediately. Miami told Williams they wanted him because he is "a great leader with the ball."
Williams decided to make the commitment now "to get it out of the way so he will not be nervous about it going to school."
Williams is very excited about being the first RedHawk commitment for the class of 2009. He said his dad and AAU coach, Orlando Williams, Sr, is also excited that he chose Miami, a school close to home. Williams said, "He can watch all my games in the next four years."
Williams 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. Last year, Princeton was the Greater Miami Conference (GMC) champions finishing just ahead of Middletown (Bill Edwards, Allen Roberts, Tony Peters). Each school won at home and Princeton took the rubber match in the sectionals at Xavier's Cintas Center. Both Princeton and Middletown return their key players from last season and are likely to again face each other three more times.
Previously, Williams told us he is a "point guard/shooting guard." "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.
Williams describes himself as "a hard worker." He says he is a "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 schools, kids who are having a hard time."
Williams said that his visit is a strong verbal. "I will take an official visit to Miami, but I will not be taking any official visits anywhere else."
Finally, Williams said, "(I am) just real happy to be a RedHawk!"