Playing on the varsity basketball team as just a freshman could be intimidating to most but not for 2017 Fort Wayne (Ind.) Snider power forward Malik Williams.
Making the most of his opportunity a year ago, Williams says he averaged six points and around eight or nine rebounds per contest.
A year further into his development as a sophomore now, Williams is up to 6-foot-10 and 200-pounds following a key off-season.
“Getting stronger first off and working on my dribbling,” Williams said of his improvement on the court from a year ago. “Then my shot, making sure I can finish around the basket and getting my agility improved.”
With staggering size at such a young age, Williams is quick to point out he’s not a typical low post player, fully capable of stretching the floor as well.
“Right now I would say I think I’m about even at both,” Williams said. “I can step behind the arc and shoot it.
“I’ve been working on that a lot since the summer. It’s gotten a lot better since last season.”
Playing AAU ball for Team Legit, Williams had a productive July evaluation period with his teammates, also a force defending the basket.
“It went good,” Williams said. “We went to Wisconsin and we played in Indianapolis and South Carolina. In South Carolina we lost in the championship. In Wisconsin we lost in the championship. Then in Indianapolis we won it all.”
“I played really good,” Williams added. “I did a lot of good shot blocking and I think that’s really my strong point.”
Michigan is another school expressing early interest in Williams and the Wolverines are expected to be in the gym at Snider Thursday afternoon.