Focus '06: L.D. Williams

As a sophomore, L.D. Willams was a star at Forbush High School in East Bend, North Carolina. For his junior campaign, Williams transferred to Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida, one of the nation's top prep schools.

At Montverde, L.D. Williams, a 6'4 shooting guard and small forward prospect had a successful junior season on a team that included UCLA commitment Luc Richard Mbaha Moute as well as Arminus Urbutis, Luis Colon, and others.

"Basketball went real good this year," Williams said. "We finished 21-6 overall. We started off pretty slow because we're an international school with 7-8 different guys from different countries. It started tough, but we finished strong."

With his junior season over, Williams is hitting the gym hard in the morning and during his lunch breaks at Montverde, working on improving his strength and his jump shot. "I run track, but in the mornings and at lunch time I lift and work on my jumper," Williams noted. "Shooting is my biggest weakness right now. I shoot well enough to be respected but I need to make more. That and my consistency from the free throw line. I'll hit them one night and the next I won't do as well."

Though Williams knows he needs to work on his shot, he has terrific athletic ability that has brought attention from many schools around the nation. "In my opinion, I get to the line well and I can penetrate pretty well," Williams noted. "I rebound very well too. [My jumping ability,] that's probably my bread and butter. I jump real well. It helps my rebounding and gets us big-time dunks that gets me and my teammates up."

That athletic ability has been his ticket to getting letters and offers from schools around the country, as well as his ticket to some of the better ACC games in recent weeks. "Wake, Carolina, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Xavier, Florida, Miami," Williams responded when asked his list of schools that have shown interest in him. "I know Tennessee has offered and Virginia Tech has offered."

"I went to the Virginia Tech-Maryland game last weekend and went up to the North Carolina and Duke game," he said. "The Virginia Tech game was a great game. It was a tough game for Virginia Tech and they needed to win to be 4th in the conference. I liked Virginia Tech a lot. The community was small in Blacksburg, a lot like home."

"[As for the]Carolina [visit,] the reputation Carolina has is just amazing, and the game I went to had a big atmosphere. It was real good."

Wake Forest is also a major player for L.D. Williams as well. Williams favored the Demon Deacons early in his recruitment and the 6'4 prospect continues to keep in touch with the coaching staff. "I talk to the coaches a lot here and there," Williams said. "I went to practice the day before they played N.C. State. Of course, they're probably in my top 3 choices. It's close to home and the coaching staff is great."

Though he already has a couple of offers, Williams plans to take his time before making a commitment to any particular program. He will play AAU basketball this summer with Boo Williams out of Virginia.


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