Teondre Williams' rise as a prospect the last two years parallels Tennessee's rise as a basketball power, and the soaring fortunes of both the player and the program may cause a merger in the near future.

Williams is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard/small forward from Norcross, Ga., whose stock has surged through impressive sophomore and junior seasons at Meadowcreek High School and solid showings in AAU play as a member of the Worldwide Renegades.

He's the type of athletic talent that would flourish in the up-tempo offense, pressure defense and transition game used to great success by Tennessee since Bruce Pearl arrived in Knoxville two years ago. He emerged as a prime prospect at the Chick-Fil-A Classic in Columbia, S.C., last December and followed up with another quality showing at last weekend's Real Deal on the Hill AAU tournament in Fayetteville, Ark.

"Teondre Williams has got all the trappings of a guy on the move nationally," writes Dave Telep,'s National Recruiting Director. "He's an acrobatic finisher who likes to rip it long range with the jumper. Athletically he's on a different level and if he is more economical with his shots he'll have a chance to become a priority recruit for a number of big programs.

"The holiday season was huge for the Meadowcreek wing. The junior scorer has improved since last season and is turning into a Top 100 priority recruit. He scored it with big numbers at the recent Chick-Fil-A Classic".

Williams traces his turning point to his decision to give up football in order to concentrate on basketball.

"It helped me trying to get focused on basketball," he said of that decision. "I think I've got more confidence in myself and on defense. I've been practicing more shooting and my shot is starting to fall."

Williams is a tough defend because of his ability to drive to the hoop or shoot from the perimeter. He's also hard to take away his spots because he doesn't appear to have one. Telep describes the slender slasher as: "A talented athlete, he can really create his own shot. Needs to shoot a better percentage but that's something he can work on. Williams does a nice job of not marrying himself to one spot on the floor."

Playing on the same team with Michigan State signee Chris Allen, Williams averaged 16 points per game to help lead Meadowcreek to the state finals. He has the quick feet, long arms and good size needed to be a dominate defender, particularly in a trapping scheme.

Naturally, he is being sought by numerous programs and has offers from Cincinnati, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia and Tennessee which comprise his five favorites. However Alabama. Florida, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech are also in the hunt.

"I know all those teams like to get out and run," he said of his current favorites. "I play better on a running team than a team set up to play half court offense."

Williams greatest value may be in his versatility as he could play shooting guard, on the wing or at the high post. He's got great vertical lift and takes the ball to the rim with authority. He also has excellent upside and should continue to improve as he matures.

"Right now we're probably looking at a national Top 75 caliber prospect and he has not hit his stride to date," Telep writes. "He can be a good one if he puts in the time to polish up his game. He brings back memories of Vakeaton Wafer. For now, don't focus on the missed shots but rather the different spots on the floor he feels effective."

The way Tennessee uses all the floor that could add up to a lot of spots.

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