Visitors Come to See Williams

Head coaches continue to make their way to Cincinnati to check out 2013 power forward Devin Williams...

For four-star power forward Devin Williams his junior season is winding down. The Cincinnati (Ohio) Withrow standout has led his team to a sectional championship, and in the process more and more head coaches are making their way out to see him.

At Withrow one of their main goals was to come home with a sectional title, but for Williams he says there is more left to accomplish.

"It feels good," said Williams. "That was one of our goals, but we still see the bigger picture in terms of going up state to the state final four. We just want to keep it going."

Most teams key on stopping the 6-foot-8 and 220 pound Williams, and he says with the way his teammates are shooting the ball and making defenses pay for that strategy the closer his team becomes.

"I think I have been playing well," said Williams. "Now that teams are designed to stop me, it helps because my teammates are all stepping up and it has helped us come closer."

Schools such as UCLA, Ohio State, Xavier, Cincinnati, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Illinois, and Pittsburgh have all evaluated Williams this season.

One of the most recent visitors was Thad Matta. The Ohio State head coach checked in on Williams, and though the Buckeyes haven't offered yet, they are picking up their recruitment of him.

"O-State is O-State," said Williams. "They have been around for a long time as a top program. Coach Thad Matta talking to me is a good thing. I like him and when we talk he just talks about how I play and how he wants me to finish up school strong. Then maybe if I have a good summer I could get an offer."

Locally, Xavier has shown the most interest. Xavier's campus is less than three miles from his high school, and Williams says the familiarity between the two is very strong.

"Now it is just love," said Williams of Xavier. "They have been to several of my games. They know my game top to bottom. When I go over there the atmosphere is great. I feel welcome over there."

Another school that has been active is UCLA. The Bruins have been out several times to see him, and have taken a liking to his game.

"I think it is something I would be willing to do," said Williams of playing in the Pac 12. "It is all about development for me and if I feel that UCLA is the best place for me to get better I will go there. I have no problem going to the West Coast."

For now the No. 72 prospect in the country has no timeframe for making a commitment.

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