UNC Showing Interest in Williams

The spring circuit is a time for coaches to evaluate current targets and identify new ones. North Carolina seems to have found a new target at the Kingwood Classic and tracked him this past weekend in Houston.

Elliot Williams had already cut down his school list, but after a couple of big weeks on the spring circuit he's opening up to a few more schools. The 6-foot-4 junior from Collierville (Tenn.) St. George's has a trio of high-majors making a move into his recruitment.

"There were five schools that I had it narrowed down to," Williams claimed. "They were Clemson, Memphis, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Virginia. Now Duke, North Carolina and Texas are on me."

This past weekend at the loaded Kingwood Classic, Williams and the M33M Ballers failed to make it out of the first round of the tournament, but Williams had played long enough to boost his stock in the 2008 class and make a big impression on quite a few coaching staffs.

Each school on his narrowed list saw him in Houston. The North Carolina staff was also present, as was Duke.

"Those five schools is where he was sitting," Ernie Kuyper, who is M33M Ballers coach, said. "He's probably going to look at Duke, North Carolina and Texas and see where the best fit is for him."

Although the Tar Heels haven't visited Williams at his school yet, nor offered him a scholarship, he is talking with the Tar Heel staff.

"[Their interest] isn't as high as the other college that have been on me, but I do believe that they are interested," Williams said. "I've talked to their assistant coach."

So far Williams has scholarship offers from and has taken visits to Memphis, Vanderbilt, Clemson Tennessee and Virginia. While he's focused on playing well this spring, he is hoping to sneak in a few visits sometime this summer.

"I'll probably go back to all the schools that have offered me again," he said. "I might take a visit to Duke, North Carolina and Texas, too.

"It's still early in the process. I'm thinking about making my decision by the end of the AAU season."

Williams says the recent recruiting interest is because of the versatility he brings at the guard position. He is a steady ball handler that has a good-looking stroke and is capable of playing either guard position. Williams also has stellar grades and his AAU coach describes him as the "whole package."

"He's a great kid," Kuyper said. "He's a great student athlete. His family is well rounded. Wherever he goes the program is going to get a well-rounded kid. Not only in basketball, but your talking in life and in general."

This coming weekend Williams will play in the Double Pump Spring Tournament. The majority of his summer schedule is still up in the air, but he did say he plans to participate in the NBPA Top 100 camp.

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