Minnesota, Pitt, Seton Hall, and Virginia Tech all joined in the pursuit for Jeenathan Williams this spring after watching him compete regularly with The City Rocks.
The Latest…Marquette has been heavily after Williams since offering him late last summer. Marquette was the second major conference offer from Williams (Rutgers was first). Word is that Marquette has told Williams he is their number one recruiting target.
The Numbers…City Rocks is 7-5 in EYBL play with Williams on the court for 19 of the 32 minutes on average. Williams leads the team in scoring at 12.7 points per game shooting 60 percent from the field on 8-9 shots a game. Jeenathan has made over 70 percent of his foul shots and has made four of seven threes. Williams also grabs 3.4 rebounds a game.
Minnesota…Williams is another long and athletic wing, the type that Minnesota loves to have in their line-up. Williams uses his length to his advantage on both ends as a slashing scorer and as a bothersome defender that uses his length to deflect and distract. Williams would be a good fit for the Gophers on both ends as a small forward prospect.
The Video…This video was posted last week and opens with Williams using a hesitation dribble against a center to attack middle and throw down with the left hand….Williams is a left handed player and instantly you see another dribble separation into a rim finish, a kickout feet set three, and a one dribble pull-up….Most of the Williams scores are slashing to the rim and followed by extensions to finish despite contact. The dunk at the two minute mark is in the halfcourt set after Williams uses yet another fake to move the defense only this time he dunks over a pair of EYBL opponents…Williams uses his length to complete several play after separating from the initial defender and often the secondary help defender….
What’s Next…Williams and City Rocks will be in Los Angeles this weekend in session four of the EYBL.
The Verdict…Jeenathan is one of the hotter wing prospects out there as few talents have his size combined with being a skilled lefty finisher. This is a slasher with great length and the type of player that Minnesota wants to continue to bring in. Williams would be an ideal lengthy slasher to bring in behind Amir Coffey and Michael Hurt when they are juniors.