Class of 2016 Guard Herman Williams Update

Marianna (FL) High School and AAU Team Breakdown 2016 guard Herman Williams recruiting update

  • Name: Herman Williams
  • Classification: 2016
  • High School: 2015 Marianna (FL) High School
  • AAU Team: Team Breakdown
  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • HT-WT: 6-foot-2, 180
  • Ranking: N/R
  • Colleges of Interest: Florida International, Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis, Mississippi State, Murray State, South Florida, Tennessee, Troy

  • Coach Kenny Gillion, the coach for AAU Team Breakdown, one of the elite AAU teams in the nation, discusses the type player Herman Williams is.

    "He is a 6-foot-2 guard, not necessarily a point guard but more like a lead guard," said Gillion. "He kind of plays like (NBA basketball player) Erick Bledsoe. I think the big thing with him is his toughness. He has played football all of his life. And when you get those football guys who play basketball, their game is based on toughness. He's really muscular, really strong, really athletic, gets to the rim, can really, really shoot the ball, a really good scoring guard. But most of his game is predicated by his athletic ability, strength and toughness.

    "He is probably the best defender that I have coached. He is a tremendous, tremendous defender. He is a very confident kid. We call him the one-man press. Whomever he is going to get on, he is going to lock them up. The defense is there but he can also rebound the ball, can attack the rim, can knock down the three, will take a charge on the floor. It is very rare when you can find someone who can shoot the ball and score the way he can and be as tough and play as good of defense as Herman can."

    That toughness and confidence was needed by Williams once he started playing AAU ball for Team Breakdown, a team that is loaded with elite talent.

    "We probably have the most talented group of 2016 guys in the country (on Team Breakdown)," said Gillion. "We have the two big guys, Juwan Durham (No. 19th overall on Scout's class of 2016 rankings), Dewan Huell (No. 23rd overall), also Eric Hester (No. 69th overall) and Troy Baster (No. 19th ranked power forward in Scout's 2016 class).

    "At the beginning of the summer (Williams) was kind of in the shadow of the other guys. Not too many guys can be a starter on a team that has four other guys ranked among the top 60 and still be confident enough in their game to be successful. He is a really tough player. This team was so good that after they played the 16U schedule in the spring we moved them up to the 17U schedule during the month of July. And he was a big key during that time."

    And once college coaches saw him play during the summer AAU circuit, they came calling .... and offering scholarships.

    "It is still very early but he has offers from South Florida, Tennessee, Murray State, Mississippi State, Troy and Florida International," said Gillion. "He also told me that Memphis has offered him but I haven't talked to them about the offer. I know there has been a lot of strong interest from them."

    Obviously, one of the teams that is interested is Mississippi State. Gillion talked about Williams' interest in them.

    "He definitely has interest in Mississippi State," said Gillion. "All of this (recruiting) is kind of new to him right now. A big thing for him was to go out and do his thing and pick up some high-major offers. And he's done that. Now he is sitting down and looking at the schools and going over everything."

    Gillion explained when Mississippi State offered.

    "Mississippi State offered last week," said Gillion. "I was talking to (MSU assistant coach) Chris Hollender and he told me that they had just offered. Chris is the one that I have been talking to the most the last two weeks. I have always had a relationship with (MSU head coach) Rick (Ray) but Chris has kind of taken the lead with some of our Florida guys."

    Gillion believes there are two things that have endured Williams to the Bulldog coaching staff.

    "I believe Rick Ray likes him because of his defense and toughness," said Gillion.

    Check out video highlights of Herman Williams in the YouTube video below.

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