Williams: Living Out His Dreams

L.D. Williams is living out his dreams. All his life, Williams dreamed of earning a scholarship to Wake Forest and donning the black and gold, playing basketball for the Demon Deacons. This past week, Williams took another step towards realizing his dream, verbally committing to Coach Prosser's program.

"Ever since I was small in elementary school, I wanted to be a Deacon," L.D. Williams said. "I can remember back in middle school, I told my dad I was going to skip high school and go straight to Wake."

Just a few short years later, when high school rolled around, the Deacon coaching staff began to make Williams feel at home on the Wake Forest campus. "They welcomed me before I was good enough to be a D-I player at Wake Forest," Williams recalled. "They invited me to games as a sophomore, all my sophomore year. I got to meet the players and know the coaches well and the team made me feel like I was a part of them. I got to see practices and how they went at the D-I level and the coaches [were great] in letting me do this."

Although welcomed by the program when in the 10th grade, his official welcome with a scholarship offer did not come for yet another year -- and it was not without sacrifices. In order to improve his game and play against top notch competition, Williams left behind family and friends and transferred to Montverde Academy in Florida. He knew he needed to improve several aspects of his game if he wanted to be considered a high-major prospect.

"Coming into Montverde, everyone knew I was a big leaper," Williams said. "Everyone who knows me knows I can jump out of the gym and I'm good at getting to the rim. But since I got here [at Montverde,] I've been working on my jumpshot. The biggest thing in going to a high level D-I player [for me] was the way I shot the basketball. Now, I shoot it well enough to be respected, but that's what I'm working on still. I'm still working on my ballhandling and learning the point guard and learning more at the 2 also."

Though he continues to work on his game, his high major offer that he yearned for from Wake Forest came this past week when Coach Prosser and the Demon Deacon coaching staff extended an official offer to the Yanceyville, N.C. native.

Just a few days later, Williams accepted the offer from Wake Forest. "I had to do it over the phone because of the distance between the coaching staff and I," Williams said. "I called Coach Prosser and I said I wanted to be a Demon Deacon. He was really excited as I had talked earlier in the week and he asked if this was what I always wanted when they offered. I said ‘yes sir' and he said ‘what are you waiting for, let's do it.'" Soon after, Williams did, joining Jamie Skeen as committed Demon Deacons in the class of 2006.

With his verbal, Williams will join several of his friends including Kevin Swinton and David Weaver on campus in Winston-Salem.

Before committing to Wake Forest, Williams also had offers from Virginia Tech, Miami, Florida State, UNC-Charlotte, and had recently picked up an offer from the University of Maryland. The 6'5, 190-pound prospect said he plans to play the '2' and '3' position at Wake Forest.

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