Boo: Williams already a star

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Prior to the start of the 16-and-under matchup between the Georgia Stars and California Team Select, fans started to fill the seats quickly. And there was little doubt as to the reason that many of them flocked to this obscure small gym at Denbigh Baptist Church.

They were there to see Louis Williams.

Williams, a slender 6-2 sophomore guard for the Georgia Stars, is highly regarded on the national circuit by recruiting analysts, basketball media and his opponents. And his status is well deserved. He was the MVP last summer at the Tournament of Champions and he averaged an astounding 34 points-per-game this season at South Gwinnett High School.

"Sometimes my teammates even tease me," said Williams, when questioned about his elite status. "They call me Mr. Williams."

He noted that while he enjoys the level that he's reached, there are ups and downs to it all.

"Well, it really puts a lot of pressure on me, sometimes, and when I step on the floor I feel like there's a big target on my back or something"

Target or not, though – Williams has been the talk of the tournament yet again. Just as he was last spring in Chapel Hill.

Against the talented and very tall California team today, Williams had his way.

From SportsCenter-worthy alley-oops to deep three-balls that swished the nets from as far out as 27 feet – Williams was a highlight maker on this particular afternoon.

Seeing him in action leaves no doubt that this 16-year-old prep star will have scholarship offers from all over the nation and from the most prominent schools in the country. Among those prominent programs that are seeking his services is the University of North Carolina.

"They've always been atop my list," said Williams, after the game. "I've just always been really interested in the program there."

Other schools on the combo-guard's list are Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, NC State, Duke and Austin Peay. He remains wide open, however, to other schools as well.

Williams is one of the most spectacular players in the nation, and this weekend at the Boo Williams Nike Invitational, he's made that as clear as Evian water. And despite his obvious talents, he's very humble and loves the team aspect of it all.

"I just try to help my team win," he said. "I'll do whatever it takes to do that, whether it's with defense or an extra pass or a screen. I just want to win."

Clint's Louis Williams Scouting Report:

Let's start with his John Gilchrist like long arms. These two limbs create a lot of drama for opponents who try to drive around him or pass the ball near him. He's an explosive leaper who'll catch alley-oops and slam home anything he gets his hands on near the rim. He's very quick with the ball and knows how to create his own jump shot off the bounce. He's got plenty of range on his shot and gets rid of it pretty quickly. He's vocal on the floor and can handle the ball well enough to break the press by himself when needed. We like him more playing off the ball though as he is creative on the offensive end. He's also a nifty passer that has a good feel for the game and anticipates the position of his teammates quite well. He goes right to the rack when his team needs a spark and basically has a very well-rounded offensive game. He's a bit skinny – but he's got two more years of high school left. And, quite frankly, he's already talented enough to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Big time player here, folks. No doubt about it.


Check out IC's Louis Williams profile.

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