I spoke with Williams recently and asked him why he decided to make the early commitment to the Bruins.
"It was the total package for me," said Williams. "The situation in terms of basketball is perfect and it's a very good academic school. Coach Howland is obviously a great coach and he has a great staff. All those things kind of tied in and made it the right situation for me."
I asked Williams, who is considered an elite prospect in the west coast class of 2010, about the other finalists in his recruitment.
"It really came down to Duke, Washington and UCLA," said Williams. "I also had some interest in Florida, Arizona and USC. I took unofficial visits to all of the schools."
I asked Williams if his parents played a role in his decision.
"They tried not to show too much or push me in any direction," said Williams. "But I know that it made them happy when I chose UCLA, so they can get to see me play in most of my games."
Williams is just starting his sophomore season and I asked him what he thought he needs to work on before getting to college.
"The main thing is my strength," said Williams. "I've been lifting pretty consistently because I know I need to get a little more size – add some weight. I know I need to get stronger so I'll be able to adjust to the college game, which is a lot more physical."
Williams broke his right wrist a couple months ago and he's just now been cleared to play.
"I just got cleared for full contact," said Williams. "I'm not going to play in our first game tomorrow, but I'll be back next Tuesday for our second game."
An excellent student, Williams currently has a 3.8 GPA.
Williams, at this time, is more of a scoring lead guard than a classic point guard. However, unlike some guards who fit that description, Williams is not selfish and he has a good feel for the game. He's got a good stroke to three-point range and he can score in a variety of ways. He's a good, but not great, athlete. One of the more interesting things to watch in the coming years is how his body develops. He's got very good size for a 10th grade point guard, but we won't know just how quick/explosive he'll end up until he's physically mature. Regardless of whether he ends up an elite athlete, Williams projects well because of his skill level and make-up. He's a very bright, mature and driven kid. I expect him to do whatever it takes to develop into a top-flight point guard.
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