Williams Interested in UCLA

2013 power forward prospect Devin Williams, who hails from Ohio, has garnered some recent interest from UCLA and seems to be reciprocating...

2013 power forward Devin Williams, whose college recruitment has heated up in recent weeks, has a more pressing decision on his mind at the moment: what prep school to attend next year.

Right now, the four-star out of Ohio is torn between Oak Hill Academy in Virginia and another prep school in Orlando, Florida. Until he makes that decision, he isn't spending too much time considering his college destination.

"I'm trying to make a decision by the end of June, so I have time to play my basketball and perform in front of college coaches and stuff like that," Williams said. "Once I figure out where I'm going to prep school, I'll try to start narrowing down my college list."

One school that's starting to make a serious move with Williams is UCLA, which recently has stepped up its recruitment of the power forward. Williams doesn't have a list of leaders, but said that UCLA was definitely recruiting him hard.

"They've been talking to me a lot," Williams said. "I haven't made a list or anything like that, but they're up there at the top."

Williams has gotten attention from both Coach Howland and Phil Matthews at UCLA, with Howland even flying out to watch him work out a couple of months ago.

Williams doesn't know yet if or when he'll make a trip out to California, as he's fairly focused on the prep school decision. He had originally thought about visiting in June, but isn't sure if he'll be able to.

Other schools recruiting him include West Virginia, Ohio State, Xavier, and Virginia Tech, but he was clear to say that those were off the top of his head, and that the list of schools who have offered him numbers "in the 50s."

Williams considers himself a true 4, and most colleges are recruiting him as such.

"I can play the 3 in a pinch, but I'm being recruited primarily as a 4," Williams said. "I can play back to the basket, face up, go right hand, left hand, shoot a 17-footer. I'm very versatile in what I can do."

This summer, Williams has designs on getting out in front of more college coaches, and will be participating in the Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis, Peach Jam in Augusta, S.C., and then rounding out July in Las Vegas.

With a busy month ahead of him picking a prep school, and then a solid month of basketball in July, Williams figures that he'll start narrowing down his list after the AAU season, and doesn't yet have plans to go on visits prior to August.

He indicated this his ultimate timeline could stretch into next spring.

"It could easily last until the spring," Williams said. "I'll want to take visits before making a decision, and I'm not sure yet when I'll be able to slot those in."

Williams also said that moving away for college would not be an important issue for him, although he'd like to be comfortable with the coaching staff and the environment if he were to make a big move.


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