WIlliams Adds In-State Offer

New calls and scholarship offers are coming in for Cincinnati native Devin Williams, the 6-8 post player who had a good showing in the first July Evaluation Period...

Coming off of the Adidas Invitational, the phone for Devin Williams has been busy. The four-star Cincinnati native who will finish out his high school career at Montverde (Fla.) Academy has now added a new offer, this one coming from an in-state power.

It was a busy June for Williams. The 6-foot-8 and 225-pounder participated in the NBPA Top 100 Camp, the Amar'e Stoudemiere Skills Academy, and the LeBron James Skills Academy. At those camps Williams says he learned a lot.

"It was just about competing and playing hard," said Williams. "I was just learning to be patient on offense and defense and do all of the little things. It isn't just about scoring and things like that. You have to find your role with elite players."

Solid showings there led to a strong performance at the Adidas Invitational during the first evaluation period.

"I think I played well, but I could have played better," said Williams. "I was a little bit beat up and worn down from the camps. I was having some back spasms but it wasn't too bad. Hopefully we can get up to West Virginia and win it and then hopefully the same in Vegas."

Many head coaches were tracking Williams at every game this past week. Williams says he knows the coaches are there, but he tries not to pay too much attention to it.

"I see the schools that are out there, but I don't try to get into that too much," he explained. "I know they are going to see me, so I just try to keep doing what I am doing and make them keep loving me. I understand what I do well, so I just try to keep doing what I do well."

One of the coaches watching him was Ohio State boss Thad Matta. Williams' play impressed Matta to the point where he offered on Monday.

"It means a lot to me," said Williams of the offer. "I am an Ohio kid. I am from Cincinnati and I have been to a lot of their games. I went to the Duke game, the Indiana game, and the Wisconsin game. I have seen the campus and I liked it."

He continued, "I have seen how the fans support the team and I talk to Coach (Jeff) Boals a lot. It is great to get that offer. I have been waiting for it to be a long time."

Also in the hoard of coaches was UCLA boss Ben Howland. The Pac 12 school has made Williams a priority, and he says it means a lot that he would travel so far to watch him play.

"Coach Howland is recruiting me from a whole different region and a whole time zone," said Williams. "It is a whole different world out there. For him to offer and recruit me it means a lot. They have a great tradition behind them. I talk to Coach Howland and Coach (Phil) Matthews and I listen to what they say. I keep on trying to build a better relationship."

Xavier Head Coach Chris Mack has made Williams one of his top targets since day one, and it something that gives the Musketeers a great chance in this recruitment.

"It's just like home," said Williams of Xavier. "Me being 5-10 minutes from the Cintas Center it is great. Coach (Travis) Steele and Coach Mack have been talking to me since my freshman year. They are always able to see me and it means a lot to me. Also being only 10 minutes away so my mom can see me play means a lot."

After the end of July Williams plans to relax with his family and begin to look seriously at his recruitment. With new schools entering the mix Williams wants to give everyone a chance to recruit him before he gets down to Montverde and takes his final visits.

"Hopefully I can get to Xavier and O-State before I get to Montverde," said Williams. "Once I get down there I will hopefully take a couple of officials and get out to UCLA and a few other schools."

Currently Williams is rated as the No. 80 prospect in the country.


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