Williams Talks Specifics Behind Decision

ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with J3, and he talked about the factors that went into his decision to become a Missouri Tiger which he made on Thursday evening.  

On Thursday evening, 2013 F prospect Johnathan Williams  6'9"  212   Memphis (TN) Southwind made the announcement that he will play his college basketball at Missouri.


Williams, who goes by the nickname "J3", chose Missouri over Arkansas, Connecticut, George Mason, Georgetown, Michigan State, Tennessee, and Texas, among many others.  Williams is the #9-ranked power forward, and the #31 player overall, in this class.


ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with J3, and he talked about the factors that went into his decision to become a Missouri Tiger.


"I think Mizzou has a good atmosphere,"   said Williams III.  "I went to a class (on my visit), and I enjoyed the class that I went to.  Everything was great!  I enjoy the coaches.  It's a great coaching staff.  And, I thank God that He led me to this choice."


J3 is not just a highly-regarded and talented basketball player.  Coach Frank Haith and the Tigers are also getting a quality-character young man who comes from a good family.


As a player, J3 has been compared to a young Lamar Odom.


"He's a lefty,"  said J3's high school coach, Paul Edwards, speaking of Williams III.   "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."


J3 said that it's a relief to have come to the end of his recruitment.


"It feels great to have my decision behind me,"  explained Williams III, who is expected to sign with Missouri next month.   "Now I can focus on my senior season."


J3 said that he intends to come to Missouri and "work hard", on the court and in the classroom.    He said that he knows that he needs to get stronger for college, and he's been working on his all-around game.


"I've been focused more on reading defense,"   explained Williams III, who would like to play at around 225 pounds in college.   "And, I've just been working on my footwork and my handles, and my shooting.  I think everything is starting to fall into place.  Now, I just need to get stronger."


J3 also said that he is going to continue to work to improve his shooting, ball-handling, and various passing techniques.  Williams III said that in high school, he can guard everyone on the court.  But in college, he expects to be able to guard both forward spots, and probably most shooting guards, as well.


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