Jonathan Williams considers Minnesota

Six-foot-9 center Jonathan Williams of St. Cloud (Minn.) Apollo signed with St. Johns in the early signing period last fall. He was expected to play at North Bridgton (ME) Bridgton Academy this upcoming season before joining the Red Storm. However, things have changed in the past few months. Williams will attend Middleburg (VA) Notre Dame Academy and he is looking at new schools after de-commiting from St. John's. Williams told me recently that Minnesota is the early favorite for his services.

Jonathan Williams saw his stock rise with a strong summer playing for the Howard Pulley Panthers AAU team.

Williams is an outstanding shotblocker and leaper who is just developing an offensive game. He is relatively new to the game and has a bright upside. Williams previously attended high schools in Georgia and Florida and needs some work on his academics, which scared off some schools.

Williams played just six games as a junior, due to transfer rules. He averaged 10 points, 13 rebounds and four rebounds per game last season for the 15-10 Eagles. He played for the Howard Pulley Panthers at the Boo Williams Invitational.


What is the latest on your recruitment? I know that you had committed to St. John's. Where does that stand now?


"I de-committed to them about a month before the end of school. I think that I want to look into it more, because when I did it, it was a rushed decision. It was a lot of schools and I just wanted to get it over with. Now when I looked back at myself, I realize that that is not what I want."


There have been some Internet rumors about you going to Minnesota. Is there any truth in that?


"Minnesota was in my top three before and they are in my top three now. Next year is going to be wide-open, but right now, Minnesota is the top right now. Boston College is talking to me again. I'm liking Minnesota right now. Minnesota is my favorite."


What do you know about Notre Dame Academy? 


"It is a good program from what I hear. I played against some of their players like Gary Ervin (who signed with Mississippi State) who played for Riverside Church and he told me it was a good program. He said that if I wanted to get there that he had the contacts. So, I talked to them and they said it was good program."


What do you know about their program? They usually have good teams.


Brett Carmichael, who was at my school at St. Cloud Apollo, and Jessie Burton (who also played on the Howard Pulley AAU team) are going to be there. They have a couple of returning players, so I think that the competition will be good.


When you were being recruited before, what schools did you visit?


I had two official visits and an unofficial to Marquette and Minnesota. When I went to St. John's, they overwhelmed me with stuff. There was nothing I could do about it. I just fell in love with it. But, it's not what I really want right now. I don't think that that is the kind of life I want to live in New York City.


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