L.D. Checks Out UNC

L.D. Williams had some free time on his hands this past week while he was on spring break so he gladly accepted the invite from the North Carolina staff for the Duke game.

"It was great," said the North Carolina native, who is spending the year at Montverde Academy (Fla.). "They invited me down to the game and I got a chance to tour the Smith Center."

"I went down early and Coach (Steve) Robinson and C.B. (McGrath) showed me around," Williams added. "I found out a lot of stuff I didn't know about the Smith Center and North Carolina basketball. Then I watched the game and after the game, they showed me the locker room, weight room and practice facility."

Williams is a 6-5, 190-pound wing who is a big-time athlete. He averaged 18 points and 7 boards as a sophomore at Forbush High (East Bend, N.C.) before deciding that his future would be better served playing for renowned coach Kevin Sutton at Montverde.

"The year went real well," Williams said. "We lost a couple games and that was a real wake-up call, but we had to learn how to play together because we had guys from different countries."

"I'm pretty satisfied with how I played," added Williams, who put up 12 points and 3.5 boards per game this season. "My 3-point percentage wasn't as good as it should have been, but that'll come with working out with Coach Sutton. Towards the end of the season it got better."

His experience away from home (the drive is about eight hours) has taught him that he'd ideally like to play college basketball close to home.

"My mom and dad weren't able to come to every game, but they made most of them," Williams said. "This summer I'd like to get an offer from a school that's close to home – schools like North Carolina and Wake Forest. I really want to impress them. I've talked to them and they both want to see me play some more and go from there."

Williams will get plenty of exposure on a loaded Boo Williams squad. He already has offers from Virginia Tech and Tennessee and has interest from Florida, Florida State, Miami, Xavier and Maryland.

As for a favorite between North Carolina and Wake?

"It's tough to decide, but Wake's right in my backyard," he said.

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