Williams Focused on His Game

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – When Troy Williams postponed his collegiate decision in early May, he felt an unanticipated sense of relief.

Down to two traditional powers – Kentucky and North Carolina – Williams announced that he wasn't ready to make a decision.

"I didn't feel like I was being rushed into it, but I felt like it was a lot of stress on me and my family," Williams said. "During that time, I wasn't playing as well as I could be. So, I decided to postpone my decision until after the AAU season, so I can focus on the AAU ball."

Williams admits that the burden of picking a school, coupled with the pressure of living up to a lofty top-10 ranking, adversely affected his play this spring. He fell from No. 8 to No. 27 in Scout.com's most recent class of 2013 rankings.

"I started off kind of rough in [the EYBL]," he said. "Since then, I've been getting gradually better and feeling more comfortable each tournament."

That sense of comfort has shown as Williams competed at the USA U18 National team tryouts and has fared well early at the NBPA Top 100 Camp.

Williams excels when he focuses and plays to his strengths – rebounding, hustling, blocking shots, aggressively slashing to the basket and finishing at the rim. He called his knack for collecting offensive rebounds the result of "instincts, timing and anticipation."

Williams can be particularly effective in a setting like the NBPA Camp, because his skills translate easily to the free-flow style of games.

That doesn't stop him from building a rapport with teammates though.

"I try to get to know my teammates at these camps away from the court first," he said. "I think if you get to know them better as a person that can help on the court. Once you go up and down the court four or five times, you're able to read what everybody is doing which can help your team win."

Despite recruiting taking a back seat to the further expansion of his game, Williams said he regularly speaks with Steve Robinson and the UNC coaching staff.

"They're still recruiting me," he said. "I talked to him this week, just before I came to this camp. We still get along well; he just checks in and sees how I'm doing."

With a decision looming at the end of AAU season, Williams said he won't stress over making his final choice.

"I'm not even worried about my decision anymore," he said. "I'm worried about my game and how I can get better as a player. If I do something wrong, I'm not worried that schools aren't going to recruit me anymore. Now that I got that out of my head, I can just play."

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