Last week we introduced you to Gabe Brown, a 2018 3-star SF recruit from Belleville, MI who plays AAU Basketball for The Family. Today we’re introducing you to one of his AAU teammates, Trevion Williams, who, while very different, might be even better. Williams is a 4-star center recruit from the Class of 2018 out of Henry Ford High School in Detroit, MI. He’s 6’8”, 275 pounds, has offers from six schools and interest from at least six more. But here’s the difference between Gabe Brown and Trevion Williams in the recruiting game – “Trey” already has a Michigan State offer.
“I love them,” Williams told Spartan Nation about what he thought of MSU. “I love the Spartan Nation. Coach Izzo is a great guy – he makes you feel like family. And as for the rest of the coaching staff, they make you feel like you’re at home.”
He possesses a skill set that few big men have - he passes out of the post remarkably well. That ability even earned him a special nickname.
“When I first moved here, they called me ‘Baby Draymond,’ so that was real special and made me work a lot harder.”
That’s high praise and lofty expectations…when you earn that nickname, you’d better be good. But, he’s a big man who can play down low, pass and shoot…the similarities to one of Michigan State’s finest are definitely there.
Arnette Jordan, who not only coaches him with The Family in AAU, but is also his high school coach at Henry Ford High School, notices those standout attributes in Trevion.
“Trey has the touch that not many guards have,” Jordan told Spartan Nation at an AAU tournament in Fort Wayne. “I’m not saying he needs to take away from the touch, but sometimes you need to know when power is power and touch is touch. I think Trey is beginning to grow – even though he has the injury, he’s working himself back into shape. We’re going to take this summer to get him into some swimming and drop some pounds. But his skill set…not too many people have it. I think Trey has a chance to be a very special player if he accepts the challenge.”
The injury Jordan referred to for Williams was a fracture of the 3rd metatarsal on the outside of his left foot. That injury took Trevion out for an extended period of time, and actually zapped him of some of his physicality.
“Usually I’m a lot more aggressive; I’m coming off an injury – not trying to use an excuse, but I was kind of holding back from it. I’m not 100% yet so I can’t go as hard as I want to, but I’m good,” Trey admitted.
“I really took care of it,” he continued. “I healed it in five weeks – it’s supposed to be an eight week process - icing it, wrapping it up, resting, healing, and eating right, most importantly.”
Aside from the Spartans, Trevion also has offers from Purdue, Illinois, DePaul, UNLV and Xavier. He’s drawn interest from Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Georgia Tech and Cincinnati.
“It’s been great,” Trey said of the recruiting process. “A lot of coaches are reaching out as of now. My team’s been working hard – I’ve been making them look good, they’ve been making me look good, so it’s been a great experience.”
Trey had some thoughts on a couple of those schools:
On Purdue – “They’ve been comparing me to Caleb Swanigan, one of their great players, so it’s a great feeling.”
On Notre Dame – “I’ve gotta get up there to visit, but I really like that school.”
And it’s that unique skill set that partially attracts these schools to Trevion.
“I would say what I do best is get my teammates involved – that’s one thing I work on and a lot of coaches like that about me,” Trey explained. “Pass out of the post is one thing that most big men can’t do.”
He also recognizes some elements of his game that need work.
“Maybe get faster. I definitely have to adjust to the next level, so I’ve gotta get myself prepared for that.”
“He understands the game and he sees it a step ahead…that’s what you have to have to be a special player,” Coach Jordan elaborated. “He doesn’t mind passing – sometimes I want him to be a little more selfish – but he understands the game and where the ball needs to go. I just think if he changes his body, he has a chance to be dominant.”
And Coach Jordan also understands the rarity of having a big man that can pass the way Trevion Williams does. Much like Draymond Green was and is, players like that just simply don’t come around very often.
“In the league that we play in, there’s not a lot of “bigs” so he’s always double, triple-teamed – he gets that every game, so he’s allowed to distribute the ball a lot and he gets a lot of practice on it. It’s a very special skill set, and I think as Trey grows and goes to a team like Michigan State where they can’t double-team, he’ll be able to make moves. And if they do, he’ll be able to find people and they’ll be very successful.”
And the success of his current AAU team is attributed to the combo of Trey and Gabe Brown. The two have become close friends and have dreamed for a long time that AAU isn’t the last time they play basketball together.
“Me and Gabe have been talking about that for a while. Gabe is just that one player I have a connection with on the court. We talk a lot about it. We really want to go to the same college. If not, we still want to support each other.”
But it’s the support he gets at home that makes the biggest difference for Trevion Williams.
“It’s really been me and my mom throughout my whole life,” he explained. “She’s been hard on me. She came up to my school a couple of times to get on me, but it all paid off. Before, I was a little frustrated because I didn’t like my mom all up in my ear, but it all paid off.”
And that push has made getting a college degree the most important thing for Trey.
“I would love it. That’s a reason why some of the college coaches that are recruiting me are big on me – I love school. Many people play basketball and just go to school…I actually love basketball and I love going to school. It’s something I’ve been working on for a long time,” Williams said.
And as Trey said, all of that work, both on and off the court, is paying off right now. With six offers in, six more schools interested, and possibly more on the way, it's paying off in a BIG way. And it’s only just the beginning of a career that seems poised to flourish!