UNC Watches Kenny Williams Show

SACRAMENTO --- Count shooting guard Kenny Williams as one of the big winners of the first and only live recruiting period of the spring.

The Boo Williams team played four games in a three-day period in Sacramento and UNC had either Roy Williams or Hubert Davis watching them all. The 6-3 sharpshooter in the class of 2015 Williams went 16-of-26 from behind the arc during the four games and was all smiles after helping Boo Williams to their third straight win on Sunday morning.

"I think I played good enough to get a lot of schools interested," said an ecstatic Williams.

When asked if he would have interest in UNC, Williams responded with a grin "Oh definitely, I hope that they have interest."

The Boo Williams team was put in a tough spot on Friday night. After a long day of travel that began with 5 a.m. EST wake up calls in Virginia, the team took the court at 9:30 p.m. PST. Due to prior game delays this was the last game to tip off. While some players struggled to adjust, Williams came out firing and stayed hot after his strong run the week before at the Southern Jam Fest. Boo Williams lost 56-52, but Williams scored 22 points on 8-15 shooting which came in front of a plethora of college head coaches.

"That game woke us up," said Williams. "It was a wake-up call and after that things got better for the whole weekend."

Williams went 10-of-17 from behind the arc in the next three games, but he still prefers the mid-range game more.

"I like the mid-range more than the three, but in my role here they want me to shoot the three," said Williams. "I don't have a problem doing that, but I like the mid-range more. It's just an easier shot for me and something I've been working on since I was 12."

While Williams has the shooting part down pat, he still has areas to improve on. "Strength and ball-handling are the main two things I'm trying to work on," noted Williams.

As a junior, he led Chesterfield (Va.) L.C. Bird to a 19-5 record while being named to the Virginia All-State team. Williams averaged 21.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, including a 50-point game during the regular season.

VCU and Virginia Tech both offered the local product prior to his big weekend and Shaka Smart and Buzz Williams were present for Williams's EYBL games, as was Michigan head coach John Beilein.

"Shaka re-arranged his whole schedule to come watch Williams," said Boo Williams assistant coach Jack Merriweather. "He had more prospects at some of the other tournaments but if he was going to lose Kenny to a bigger school he wanted to go down swinging. I've been waiting for Kenny to break out and knew it was only a matter of time."

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