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After a week where Williams scored nine and pulled down 13 boards in just 14 minutes of play in the McDonald's All-American game in New York, Eric received yet another award.
This weekend, Williams was named to the first-team AP All-State team. Williams was the second leading vote-getter, following Broughton High's Shavlik Randolph. Dudley's Eric Hicks, JamesOn Curry from Eastern Alamance, and Curtis Withers from West Charlotte were others voted to the first-team.
Wake signee Eric Williams received yet another award this week. The Wake Forest, NC product was named a third-team pick as a Parade All-American by Parade Magazine.
"I really consider making the Parade team a great honor," Williams told the Raleigh News & Observer.
For more check out the N&O's
Parade All-American article.
After our big story on Williams yesterday, we have a little bit more to add from awards that were given out by N.C. prep sports columnists Monday. Williams was named runner-up in the Mr. Basketball voting in North Carolina to Shavlik Randolph.
Although Williams outdueled Randolph in their meetings this season, he came up just a little short in the balloting. Other 4-A basketball stars that were given major consideration for this award include Curtis Withers from West Charlotte and West Forsyth junior Chris Paul.
For other Mr. and Ms. Basketball selections for 2001-2002, check out iHigh.com
DeaconSports talked with Eric Williams' high school coach about what Eric will bring to the table next season. See what Williams' coach had to say here.
Wake Forest signee Eric Williams will play in the Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic this season. The game will slate many of the best North Carolina basketball seniors against South Carolina's high school talent.
The Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic will be held on March 23rd at the Winthrop Coliseum in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The boys game will begin at 6:30 pm.
Tickets to the game are $8 and can be bought at the door or by calling 1-803-329-5620.
Wake Forest basketball recruit Eric Williams received one of the biggest honors possible for a high school senior Wednesday afternoon when he was officially named to the McDonald's All-American East Team.
Williams, a 6'9" 285 pound center from Wake Forest, NC, is one of the 24 elite players that will participate in the game. Nine other future ACC stars will also participate in the game. Duke has four McDonald All-Americans, UNC three, and Maryland and Georgia Tech both had one future player selected to the McDonald's All-American game.
The game will be held April 4, 2002 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It will begin at 8:00 EST and is scheduled to be televised on ESPN.
Wake's last McDonald's All-American recruit prior to Eric Williams was St. Louis product Loren Woods.
NorthCarolina.IHigh.com has an excellent article up on Eric Williams as a person that is a great read for all Deacon fans waiting to see him in a WFU jersey next year. The article, "There is a lot you don't know about Eric Williams," is located here.
As expected, big-time center prospect Eric Williams officially sent in his National Letter of Intent (LOI) today to play basketball for Coach Skip Prosser's Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
Williams sent in the LOI this morning and now just needs to continue to keep his grades up in order to officially qualify for next season. His coach, Chuck Hess, noted that Williams had achieved a score "considerably higher than an 820" on his SATs and just needs to continue on course in the classroom in order to qualify.
As far as on the court, Hess said that Williams was doing "good, real good." Wake Forest-Rolesville's first exhibition game is tonight and their first regular season contest is Tuesday November 20th at home against Athens Drive. That contest will begin around 7:30.
According to the Winston-Salem Journal, Wake Forest has received a verbal commitment from center prospect Eric Williams. The 6'9" Williams, who averaged 26 points per game last season, was also offered scholarships by N.C. State, Clemson, Kentucky, and Cincinnati, among other schools.
This verbal is a huge catch for Coach Skip Prosser who has come to Wake and done his job on the recruiting trail.
With Prosser at the helm, the Deacs have now been able to get a re-commitment from 2001 recruit Vytas Danelius, re-secure a verbal from Mt. Airy's Richard Joyce, and garner commitments from top 50 prospects Trent Strickland and now Eric Williams.
Great news on the verbal from Williams. Now, on to the point guard situation...
One day after we reported that Wake led for Williams, it looks as if a new player has entered the picture. This new player - the North Carolina Tar Heels.
According to a Kentucky recruiting website, the center from Wake Forest, NC has added UNC to his list as the Heels want him to visit UNC shortly. However, Eric did say that it is now just Wake and UNC battling for his services.
The latest word we are hearing seems to be genuinely positive as far as Wake Forest and Eric Williams are concerned.
DeaconSports.com has been informed through two separate sources with ties to Williams that Wake Forest leads for the services of Eric Williams. Each of the sources believes Williams will be a Demon Deacon soon after the Nike Camp ends.
With that knowledge coupled with Eric's own comments that he will commit soon after the Nike Camp, we would assume that he will join Skip Prosser's regime shortly.
We'll see before too long...
Also, recruiting analyst Dave Telep says of Williams: "This kid brings a tremendous value to the
table. He simply catches, turns and scores. It isn't rocket science and this guy is going to be a heckuva college
Dave Telep had yet another update on Williams yesterday. And in that update, Telep noted that Williams is down to just three schools - Wake Forest, Clemson, and N.C. State. Williams is expected to commit to a school shortly after the end of the Nike All-American Camp.
According to a recent update from Dave Telep, Wake Forest and N.C. State are the current leaders for Eric Williams. The 6'9" Williams, a beast down low, also has scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Clemson and Kentucky among other schools. Williams has unofficially visited Wake Forest and still plans on taking visits to Clemson, Cincinnati, and N.C. State.
Wake Forest received a visit from highly touted junior center Eric Williams yesterday at the Maryland game. Williams is a big, powerful inside threat out of Wake Forest, North Carolina. Williams visited N.C. State earlier this year.