Interest Rising in Williams

Homestead (FL) South Dade point guard Vincent Williams has seen his recruitment explode following a stellar senior season.

Homestead (FL) South Dade point guard Vincent Williams has seen his recruitment explode following a stellar senior season. The 6-foot-1, 155-pounder averaged 26 points and six assists to lead his team to the Class 6A playoffs.

"Vincent had a great senior year," said South Dade head coach John Herron. "I think he was either first or second in the county in scoring behind Tim Hardaway, and he did a lot of things for us.

"He can shoot it, he can score, he can get to the basket... he just has a knack for getting around people and drawing defenders to him."

Earlier in his career Williams was more of a pass-first point guard but he had to take on another role this season.

"He did a lot more scoring for us this year because we needed him to score more," said coach Herron. "We had three starters graduate from last year's team... Vincent has always been able to shoot the ball but he was more of a facilitator for us until this past year.

"He's a great athlete, and he has very good quickness... he can also handle it. His main weakness is he only weighs about 160 pounds... but he's only 17 and he has a frame to put on some weight."

Because of his size, Williams had originally planned on attending prep school next season and becoming a 2010 recruit. He's already been accepted by Fork Union Military, St. Thomas Moore, and Notre Dame Prep, but those plans have been put on hold as his recent play has led to increased interest from high-major and mid-major programs.

"Well originally the plan from the get-go was to go to prep school and then enroll somewhere in 2010," said coach Herron. "But he had such a good year that now I don't know if he's going to prep. He has some good mid-major offers and several high-major programs are sniffing around so we'll see what happens.

"I think the way the interest has picked up he may just go to college this fall. First of all, there aren't too many point guards available, and some of the big-name schools have been honest. Schools are waiting on John Wall and Eric Bledsoe, but once those two pick the dominoes will fall and we'll make a decision from there."

Williams already has offers from UAB, a school he has officially visited, and St. Louis, and Tulsa is waiting on a test score.

NC State is also expressing interest. The Wolfpack faced Miami over the weekend and arrived in town last Thursday. Wolfpack assistant Monte Towe made the drive over to South Dade to evaluate Williams.

"NC State came down Thursday," said coach Herron. "Monte Towe watched him. I have a great relationship with coach Towe, coach Strickland, and coach Lowe. Coach Towe called me right after the workout and said he liked Vincent's top-end speed and the way he gets to the basket. He's not worried about the weight.

"He also told me that NC State is waiting to see what is going to happen with John Wall and they will go from there after Wall makes a decision."

"NC State is definitely under consideration," added coach Herron. "I've known Monte Towe over 12 years now so sending Vincent somewhere that I know the coaches well would be great. Vincent knows about them from two years ago when coach Towe and coach Strickland were recruiting one of my former guards who ended up going to another school."

Charlotte and Oklahoma are also evaluating Williams and programs such as Kentucky and Florida are keeping tabs as well. With that being said, don't assume Williams will automatically choose a high-major program because he is looking for the best situation.

"He's not the type of kid that is crazy about the name on the front of the jersey," coach Herron stated. "If all of the schools come in and offer he will look at the depth charts and go from there.

"As far as coming in and playing, which school can get him ready physically and mentally, he'll look at that. UAB is a good situation. They have to bring in a lot of guys so the opportunity to play is there... same thing with Tulsa and Charlotte. He's going to look at all of that. It's just going to be if he wants to go high-major or mid-major and check out the situation."


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