Williams Turning Heads

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Entering the summer, Troy Williams' expressed goals were to improve his overall game and garner attention from some of the top coaches and colleges in the country. One play at the Peach Jam on Wednesday, helped him accomplish both.

During Boo Williams' double-overtime win over Louisiana Select, Williams was tasked with defending Ricardo Gathers, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound power forward known for his intensity and bullying style of play.

On one sequence, Williams – a 6-foot-7, 190-pound wing – missed a jump shot and watched as Louisiana started its fast break.

Gathers, who already had several ferocious dunks, was coasting to the rim for another easy basket. But Williams raced down the court, swatted Gathers' attempt and ended up with a layup on the other end.

"That was a hectic game," said Williams. "I started off slow, but the block I got on Ricardo definitely hyped me up."

Plays like that, along with his versatility, explosiveness and leaping and finishing ability, have some coaches already making the Hampton (Va.) Phoebus small forward in the Class of 2013 a priority.

Williams claims offers from Georgetown, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Texas, South Florida and DePaul. He's also receiving interest from North Carolina.

UNC head coach Roy Williams was courtside for Williams' performance on Wednesday and the rising junior said his most recent contact with the Tar Heels was a phone conversation with UNC assistant Steve Robinson last month. The two discussed how the UNC staff envisions him fitting into the Tar Heel program.

"They said I should be able to fit in their rotation if I were to come there," he explained.

Williams said he'd like playing in an up-tempo system like that of UNC. He also said the exposure and attention Carolina receives is attractive.

"They're a high-known school," said Williams. "If I do go there, they'll be a bunch of players that do things I do."

Williams isn't in a rush to make a college decision, however. He said he'll take some unofficial visits in the fall and hopes to select a college during the summer of 2012.

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