The 6-3 senior shooting guard from Chesterfield (Va.) L.C. Bird announced his decision on Saturday.
"It's been his life long dream. He's always wanted to be a Tar Heel," his father, Kenny Williams II, said. "It was something that he's always wanted to do. It was a goal he's wanted to accomplish since he was a young man."
It's been a circuitous route to reach that dream. Williams committed to VCU last summer, before restarting the recruiting process after VCU coach Shaka Smart took the Texas job. Williams named four finalists -- UNC, Virginia, Florida, Michigan - taking visits to UNC and Virginia before announcing his decision.
"Comfort level was high while I was there and it has always been a childhood dream," Kenny said of the Tar Heels.
"I think that Carolina was always the top choice but we had to develop and establish a relationship with them," his father said. "And he did."
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 percent from three on 119 attempts.
"This eval is pretty easy," writes Scout.com analyst Rob Harrington. "Williams is an excellent jump shooter, not only in terms of accuracy but based on a quick release. He doesn't require a long follow-through and thus his results should translate well to college versus more intense defense. He prefers the wings and the top of the key but can hit them from the corners as well.
"And Williams isn't entirely one-dimensional. He's clearly a shooter first, but he possesses a solid frame and sufficient quickness to put the ball on the floor. Meanwhile, he plays with high alertness and wields a solid floor game, not forcing the action and playing a team-oriented style. There's a reason his squads typically show up on the winning side of the ledger."
Williams played last summer on Boo Williams's travel team, and the legendary AAU coach calls him the second best long-range shooter he's ever had.
“He’s a great three-point shooter and he can put the ball on the floor,” Boo Williams said. “J.J. Redick is the only person (I’ve had) that shoots it better than Kenny. Carolina fans don’t want to hear that. He’s not at the same level as J.J., but the next level below it. He’s a great kid, great on and off the court."