Kenny Williams Returns from Chapel Hill
Just five days after receiving a release from his Letter of Intent at VCU, Kenny Williams III, a shooting guard out of Chesterfield (Va.) L.C. Bird, took an official visit to North Carolina. Williams returned from Chapel Hill on Monday evening, a trip he took with his mother. Williams’s father – Kenny II – said the trip certainly lived up to expectations for his son. “I will tell you this, as with any kid that goes on a visit to UNC, he had a great, great time,” the elder Williams said. “He texted me during the visit and said, ‘Dad I like this,’” he explained. “And I told him I knew he would. And he said, ‘No, Dad I really like this.’ You would expect that from any 18-year-old kid that visited North Carolina.” The 6-foot-3 guard started the visit with dinner on Sunday, which was followed by playing pick up ball with the team. On Monday, he had breakfast with Roy Williams, toured the campus and spent more time with the Tar Heel plays. UNC’s star guard Marcus Paige was his host. During Williams’s meeting with the UNC staff, the coaches mapped out how they’ve used shooters in the past and how they’ve developed them. “They showed him where he would fit in and the where they’ve brought in previous shooters in the past,” he explained. “Some are now in the league and some aren’t. He showed them how they came in as shooters and now they are doing all kinds of different things.” “They said they need a shooter,” the elder Williams added. “Obviously pretty much everyone that is calling is pretty much saying the same thing. They need a shooter, but they expect him to play combo. He will be more than shooter.” What about Carolina stands out? “What sticks out about North Carolina is like every other kid that plays basketball or AAU, UNC is the dream school,” he said. “That’s what sticks out really. The rich tradition that they have and the brotherhood of being a part of UNC basketball.” Next up for Williams is an unofficial visit to Virginia, which will take place on Tuesday. Then he’ll begin planning the rest of his recruitment. Michigan, Louisville and Georgetown are also under consideration. “He just wants to go out and talk to [Virginia] and meet some of their players,” he said. “Then Wednesday, Florida is going to come out. He’s ruled out Kansas. I called them today and told them that’s not an option, but he appreciated them calling.” “Thursday and Friday we are going to sit down,” he added. “He has three more officials left and we are going to sit down and figure out what days are best. He wants to go when school is in session and when the players are around. Thursday and Friday we’ll figure out what three schools he’ll take official visits too.” When pressed on whether his son would definitely take all three remaining visits, Williams said “yes.” But also said there’s always the possibility that his son could come to a decision at any time. “I’d say he’d have a better idea of what he wants to do in the next 30 days or so,” he said. “He’s the kind of kid that could come in one day and just say ‘I’m ready to go to this school.’ That’s what happened with VCU. But he wants to have an opportunity for official visit for everyone he’s considering.” A talented long-range threat, Williams averaged 19 points and four assists a game as a senior. During his final run on the EYBL circuit, Williams shot nearly 44% from three on 119 attempts.