Decision Draws Near For Williams

Fayetteville (NC) Jack Britt junior wing C.J. Williams is closing in on a decision, and he already has a timeframe in place.

Fayetteville (NC) Jack Britt junior wing C.J. Williams is closing in on a decision, and he already has a timeframe in place.

"They are on a timetable for November 22nd, possibly the 21st," Jack Britt head coach Ike Walker stated this morning. "I have been in discussions with his dad about what they want to do.

"We're not sure yet if he wants to announce the verbal at a press conference, just make a commitment and have a press conference next year when he's able to sign, or have press conferences for both. We're still working all of that information out at this time, but I'm sure they know when they want to make the commitment official."

What is the reasoning for those potential dates?

"It will be the 21st or 22nd in terms of a commitment because that is what they are wanting to do," said coach Walker. "The 22nd is the planned date, and that is most likely when it will happen. That's on a Wednesday and school will be out with Thanksgiving being the next day, so I told C.J. and his parents that he could have easy access to the library or auditorium.

"However, it could be the 21st due to a family situation, but as of now I believe he will be announcing his decision on November 22nd."

Previously, coach Walker informed Pack Pride that NC State, Virginia Tech, and Clemson had offered Williams. Since that time, three more schools have extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-5 junior.

"NC State, Virginia Tech, Clemson, South Carolina, Miami and East Carolina," said coach Walker. "All of those colleges have offered C.J. a scholarship. Wake Forest has been in-and-out, and Carolina has called on a couple of occasions, but that has has just been more inquiry. They haven't been down to the school."

Jack Britt opens the season November 16th against against E.E. Smith. Williams played extensively this summer on the AAU circuit, and his head coach notices improvements in his game.

"C.J. is very, very good," said coach Walker. "His ballhandling has really improved, and he sees things before they happen. Sometimes he is even ahead of his teammates in terms of passing the basketball. He's physically stronger, his skills are sharper... he's just better than he was last year.

"He'll primarily be a wing player, but he could play all five positions for us this year. We will have him on the wing, but we are going to use him some in the post as well."

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