Cooper F Rodney Williams Talks Recruitment

Rising junior Rodney Williams Jr., a 6-foot-5, 180-pound forward from Robbinsdale (MN) Cooper, attended the LeBron James US Skills Academy in Akron, Ohio and helped lead his Duke team to the championship game. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Williams to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Rodney Williams Jr. averaged 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.4 blocked shots and 2.3 assists per game as he led the Hawks to a 21-7 record this season.

Williams attended the Nike Hoops Jamboree in St. Louis in June and his strong performance earned him an invite to the LeBron James US Skills Academy July 6-9.

Williams said that he learned plenty from the experience.

"I gained a whole lot. I've gotten a lot better on my offensive game and I don't want to look stupid against the top players defensively. I had to guard Greg Monroe (Scout.com's top player in the Class of 2008).

Williams told GoldenSports.Net that he has scholarship offers from Minnesota, Miami of Florida, Bradley, Iowa, Purdue and Iowa State. Williams was not sure if Kansas had extended a scholarship offer. However, after I spoke with Kansas head coach Bill Self, I told Williams that the Jayhawks had in fact offered him a scholarship, which was good news for him, since he admitted that Kansas was one of his favorites.

New Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith and his staff have made Williams and fellow junior Royce White, a 6-foot-8 forward from Minneapolis (MN) DeLaSalle a high priority. Williams admits that playing for his homestate school is appealing and that he and White have talked about playing there together.

"It's at home. We talk about it a lot. We'll wait to see what next summer brings us. My parents and my two brothers and two sisters want to see me play."

Williams is playing with the Howard Pulley Panthers AAU team in the Nike Peach Jam in Augusta.

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