Memphis Big Talks About Missouri Visit

After returning home from an official visit to Missouri this past weekend 2013 PF Johnathan Williams III Memphis (TN) Southwind took a few minutes to update about the visit and update on where his recruitment is at.

After returning home from an official visit to Missouri this past weekend 2013 PF Johnathan Williams III   6'10"  212  Memphis (TN) Southwind took a few minutes to update regarding his Missouri visit and his recruitment.

"(The visit) went pretty good,"   said Williams, speaking of his Missouri visit.  "I really liked the campus."

"One of my old friends from back home, Laurence Bowers, was my host,"  explained Williams, who was accompanied on his visit by his parents.  "(Bowers) knew my brother very well, and he worked with me when I was younger.  So, I knew him, and we talked about a lot of things.  He gave me the tour."

"Coming in, (Missouri) pretty much shocked me,"   said Williams, speaking of his impression of Missouri.  "They have great facilities.   The coaching is great.  I mean, their style of play, four out and one in, that seems like my type of game.   They have a great strength and condition guy.  The campus is pretty nice, too."

"Missouri has great fans, from what I saw of them,"  said Williams, who was able to attend the Missouri-Georgia football game.

Williams said that his parents liked the Missouri coaching staff, and the Missouri program.

Williams averaged 5.4 points/game and 4.6 rebounds/game for the USA U16 National Team that captured the gold medal at the 2011 FIBA Americas Championships.   This June, he was named to the 2012 U17 World Championship Team.

As a junior at Southwind, Williams averaged 15.7 points/game, 10.2 rebounds/game, 2.6 assists/game, and 1.1 steals/game on their way to a 28-5 record and the state quarterfinals, following which he was named first-team all-state.

As a sophomore, Williams averaged 17.3 points/game, 11.5 rebounds/game, 2.1 assists/game, and 3 blocked shots/game, while shooting 52% from the field, 48% from 3-PT land, and 80% from the FT line, as Southwind finished third in the state tournament with 26-6 record.

As a freshman, Williams averaged 10.2 points/game and9.5 rebounds/game, as Southwind finished second in the state tournament with a 26-5 record. 

Williams' high school coach, Paul Edwards, said that Williams "loved his visit" to Missouri. 

"He comes from a great family,"  said Coach Edwards, continuing to speak of Williams.   "He's an honor student.  That was the first thing he told me about Missouri.  He said, "The academics are nice, coach!"

Coach Edwards said that he compares Williams to a young Lamar Odom.

"He's a lefty,"  said Coach Edwards, describing Williams' game.   "He handles it.  He shoots the ball well from the three, mid-range, as well as on the inside.  He's a good passer.  He likes to lead the break.  He'll get the board and lead the break."

During the summer, Williams plays for Memphis YOMCA. 

Coach Edwards said that there has been a parade of college coaches through his gym this week.

Williams, who goes by the nickname J3, has also taken an official visit to Georgetown, and has plans to take official visits to Tennessee (9-14), Michigan State (9-28), and Texas (10-12).

Williams "isn't sure" when he'll make a decision, and he said that he's really still pretty open.  He said that he'll "probably" sign in November, or he may wait until the spring. 

"I'm not really sure at this moment,"  explained Williams.

He did say that Missouri is among his leaders.

"(Missouri) sits pretty high,"  said Williams.  "They have a good basketball program.  I really like them a lot."

We'll have more from J3 later.

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