Jonathan Williams close to Gopher decision

Six-foot-9 center Jonathan Williams of Fitchburg (MA) Notre Dame Academy is close to making a decision to play for Minnesota, according to sources close to the program. Williams has a passing test score, but is completing work on his core. He will not sign a letter of intent with the late signing period ending today, but he plans to enroll at Minnesota in the fall.

Jonathan Willams attended St. Cloud (Minn.) Apollo and signed with St. Johns in the 2002 early signing period. However, he de-committed to the Red Storm and went the prep school route to work on his academics.

Williams averaged eight points and eight rebounds per game this season. He was out of shape during part of the season, but has been working hard on his conditioning. Williams saw his stock rise with a strong 2002 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 needed some work on his academics, which scared off some schools. He would be the sixth newcomer to the Gopher program, joining Enrico Tucker, J'son Stamper, Miles Webb, Spencer Tollackson and Vincent Grier. Everette Pedescleaux signed a football letter of intent and plans to play both sports.

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