"I am ready for the season to start tomorrow!" That is the way our conversation started last night with Amir Williams. Amir had a very good summer on the AAU circuit; many here in the state already knew how well he could play but he has picked up national attention from recruiting analyst and coaches.
These are just a few comments from Eric Bossi from Scout.com which had a chance to see Amir at the Hoop City Classic in Shawnee Mission, Kansas in July. "Amir Williams, PF/C, The Family 16's. It was a productive outing for Williams as he blocked shots and scored at the rim. The lean big man really runs the floor and looks the part of a high level guy. Even better are days like Wednesday when he plays both ends of the floor."
And Evan Daniels added: "Amir Williams, PF/C, The Family 16's. A number of Midwest college coaches dropped by Williams' game during the Sweet 16 portion of the Peach Jam on Monday. At 6-foot-9, 215-pounds Williams is a solid athlete that gets up and down the floor well and is effective on the defensive end blocking shots. Offensively he's still developing, but has good hands and a right jump hook inside."
GoBlueWolverine has had a chance to see Amir since then, and he has add a few new things to his game. Watching him down at the University of Detroit camp he showed the ability to face the basket and shoot the 10 to 12 foot jumper. Amir told GBW that he feels there are other parts to his game he has improved on as well.
"I am excited about showing the improvements to my game to help my team," he said. "I have gotten stronger (last year he was 209 and now he is 220), and I have a left and right jump hook and better post moves; my ball handling is better and I can shoot from the three point line."
It remains to be seen if Coach Keener of Country Day will run any plays for Amir to shoot the three, but it is quite clear he will be a huge part of establishing Williams' presence in the paint.
With the many improvements to his game it is no wonder that he has already picked up 15 offers. He has offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Illinois, UCONN, Ohio State, Purdue, Wake Forest, Miami, Arizona, Notre Dame, Providence, Auburn Minnesota, Cincinnati and DePaul.
"I am enjoying the process," Williams said, "and having the chance to talk to all the coaches. I am getting to know them better. I am vibing with all the coaches."
Michigan continues to be right in the mix for his services; Coach Beilein and assistant coach Mike Jackson just recently had a chat with him.
"They were just checking up on me. They want me to get up to see a football game. They are still interested in me and I am interested in them. The chemistry is still very good between me and Coach Beilein. He came up to my school to visit but I couldn't talk to him. I also have a very good relationship with Coach Jackson -- we probably talk a little more then me and Coach Beilein."
Speaking of Michigan and Coach Beilein, GBW asked him what did he thing of his buddy Carlton Brundidge committing to Michigan.
"Well he text me that morning to tell me he was going to Michigan. We haven't talked since he committed but I am happy for him. I think it was a good decision for CB. He is going to be a good fit in the system that Coach Beilein runs."
The two played AAU ball together for The Family and they both hit it off well with each other.
"This is my first year with The Family and we really get along well," Amir explained. "We talked about how good we click with each other. Going to college together is something we have talked about -- I would have no problem with that."
However, Amir will look around at all schools first to make sure it is the right fit for him.
"My family and I will look at all of the schools. I am not going to commit early; I will probably wait until the late signing period in April of 2011. This is not a situation that I will stress over. I just want to enjoy the process."
So as for right now, just sit back and relax ... there will be no decision anytime soon from the top big man in the state of Michigan.
The young man is working hard and ready to show everyone how much his game has improved.
"The season cannot get here fast enough," he concluded. "I know people will look at what we lost, but we are ready to show everyone nothing has changed."
Amir Williams ready for hoops season to start
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