Williams talks final three

Three schools remain for four-star PF Devin Williams, and a decision is in the works.

Cincinnati native Devin Williams now is down to three schools. The Montverde (Fla.) Academy power forward had double-figure offers, but after giving it some thought only three remain. One visit is already in the books, and two more are being planned.

So far Williams has made an official visit to West Virginia. The Mountaineers and Head Coach Bob Huggins have been after Williams for a while, and they showed well for themselves on the official visit.

"I enjoyed myself," said Williams. "They showed me around the campus, I saw the new facilities and I got to chill around with the guys. It went well."

Huggins spent over a decade coaching in the Queen City, and he used his ties and familiarity to make an early impression on the four-star prospect, and that is one of the main things the Mountaineers have in their favor.

"Coach Erik Martin and Coach Bob Huggins himself I know about them from Cincinnati, and he has a lot of history behind him," noted Williams. "Whenever Coach Huggins talks you have to listen to what he is saying."

Along with West Virginia, Memphis and Ohio State also remain in the mix. Of the two he has a visit set up for Memphis.

"Coach (Josh) Pastner and Coach Aki Collins they haven't been around as long as West Virginia, but I know they are great coaches," he said of the Tigers. "I am visiting on the October 19 and they are keeping in touch and seeing how I am doing and stuff like that."

Williams continued about Memphis, "I watched them play last year and I liked what they were doing. I think it could be a good system for me."

So far nothing is set up in terms of a visit with Ohio State, but Williams has a very high interest in the Buckeyes.

"Coach (Jeff) Boals and Coach (Thad) Matta have a great relationship with me," said Williams. "Coach Matta has produced a lot of pros and is very good with skill development. I have been going up there since my freshman year and I really like the atmosphere. All of the people seem friendly. That is a big part."

In terms of setting up a visit, Williams hopes to do that soon.

"I don't have a visit set up," Williams explained. "November 2 was thrown out there, but I don't think that is final yet. After I come back from Memphis we will decide, but that isn't final yet."

Coming out of the summer it seemed that Xavier and UCLA were the favorites for Williams, but he says those two didn't make his final group of schools for the same reason, location.

"With Xavier it was just too close to home for me," Williams explained. "It is only 10 minutes from home so I didn't think it would be the total college experience for me. I love their coaches, but it was just too close to home. UCLA was just too far for me. I don't think I would have been comfortable. I love both coaching staffs just the fits weren't perfect."

In terms of when Williams will make a decision between the three schools, he says it shouldn't be too long.

"Hopefully a week before the season starts for us I will decide," said Williams. "I really want to have it out of the way before the season starts."

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