Basketball Recruiting: Shelden Williams update

Oklahoma's top prospect has Sooners in final four

Oklahoma has been known in the past as being a football state.

That is until this summer when six of the nations top 100 prospects showcased their talents at various summer camps across the country.

Midwest City High School's Shelden Williams is regarded as the best amongst the Sooner state's top high school rising seniors on the hardwood.

The 6-foot-9 power forward nicknamed "The Landlord" because he owns the paint, returned Sunday from his first of four official visits last weekend after checking out the Duke Blue Devils.

"I had a very good time this weekend. I met the coaches, the current players and the former players. They didn't put any pressure on me to commit. I was very impressed with it," said Williams of his visit to Durham.

"You know how the fans get real crazy around here about OU football, well Duke basketball is twice that over there. This is basketball country in North Carolina where you have "the triangle" as they say, with North Carolina, Duke and North Carolina.

Duke was the school rumored to be leading for Shelden's services heading into the visit and you can bet Bill Self, Kelvin Sampson and Matt Doherty were relieved to hear that Shelden stayed true to his word about his promise of visiting their schools.

"I wasn't thinking about committing to any schools before I explore my options. I'm going to take more of my visits, then sit down with my family and discuss my plans for my future," said Williams.

"I've always said after I take my Duke visit I'm still going to explore all of my options, then I'm going to pick my school. You can say I'm wide open or not, but I just want to explore all of my options before I make my commitment. I really like Duke, because I just took that visit. But I still have to take more visits."

Williams said that he is down to four schools — Duke, Illinois, Oklahoma and North Carolina — and that his next visit will come on Sept. 15 to Illinois before visiting Norman on Sept. 28, the weekend of the Oklahoma-Kansas State football game.

"It's close to home," commented Williams on why the Sooners still have a shot. "I still haven't counted them out. Like I said, I want to explore all my options first before I make my decision.

Williams will take his final official trip on Oct. 5 when he travels to Chapel Hill to visit North Carolina.

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