Missouri's Frank Williams To Visit Minnesota

Frank Williams, a 6-foot-5, 151-pound shooting guard from Raytown (MO) High, has received plenty of recruiting interest after a strong summer and is expected to visit Minnesota September 18th. Williams played in the Paul Pierce Skills Academy for the top shooting guards and was named to the LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron

Frank Williams saw his stock rise this spring and summer with the Spiece Mo-Kan AAU program. They won the USSSA Midwest Festival of Teams as they defeated the Minnesota Fury Elite to win the title. They defeated All Iowa-Attack Red (winner of the Jayhawk Invitational) 84-64 in the quarterfinals and Minnesota Pump N Run (which had won the Double Pump in Denver) 50-44 in the semifinals.

Williams' strong play earned him scholarship offers from Arkansas, Boston College, Detroit, Oral Roberts and Minnesota.

Williams shifted to the Spiece Mo-Kan AAU program this year.

"He's a great kid," said Spiece Mo-Kan coach Rodney Perry. "A lot of kids in his situation would not have left that team to come to us. Simply because he could do whatever he wanted to do and by coming to our team he wasn't going to do that and not play as much but he wanted to become a complete basketball player."

"He had a game where he hit 10 threes in a game," Perry said. "He had a tournament this year where he average 6 threes per game. He had one game where he was 7 of 8 from the three point line and they were beyond the college three point line."

Raytown finished 27-1 in Williams' sophomore season, but lost most of its top players and they finished under .500 this past year, losing 85-51 to Grandview in the playoffs, which eventually lost to to Chaminade in Missouri Class 5 final.

Williams will have a new head coach as a senior as Mark Scanlon, the longtime Raytown boys basketball coach who last season achieved his 500th career win, has moved onto Northeast. Scanlon has coached for 30 years, with the majority coming at Raytown. He helped the Blue Jays become a perennial power in the Suburban Conference. Under his watch, Raytown has produced seven all-state players, including its most famous alumnus, current NBA player Tyronn Lue.

Brandon Weis, who played for Scanlon in the 1990s, takes over the position. Weis was a player on the 1994-95 team at Raytown that included Lue and lost to Central in double overtime in a Missouri Class quarterfinals.

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