Eric Williams Ready to Showcase his Talents at WF

Mammoth Wake Forest basketball signee Eric Williams had a superb 2001-2002 senior season at Wake Forest-Rolesville High. Now, Williams looks forward to displaying his talents at WFU. DeaconSports talked with WF-Rolesville coach Chuck Hess about Williams and what Eric will bring to the table next season at Wake Forest University.

Wake Forest Rolesville's Eric Williams has always been big. And, his display of his basketball skills this high school season was nothing less than big.

The Wake Forest University signee's 2001-2002 senior basketball season was amazing. Facing double, triple, and even quadruple teams, Williams amassed an average of 28 points per game. He also brought down 13 boards, blocked three shots, dished out three assists, and picked up two steals per contest.

He finished as the second leading scorer in school history as well as the all-time leading Rolesville rebounder ever.

Williams' amazing stat line is even more impressive when considering the fact that Williams played in the highest classification of basketball in North Carolina – 4-A. Last season in the Tri-8 conference, Williams was named conference player of the year. And, despite playing in the Cap-6 this season with Duke signee Shavlik Randolph amongst other top players, this season was no different.

Williams and Randolph were named co-MVPs for the 2001-2002 season in the Cap-6 conference.

Overall, Rolesville finished as the runner up in the conference tournament for the first time in four years. The past three years with Williams on the roster, Rolesville has won their conference title.

When asked about Eric Williams, Wake Forest Rolesville head coach Chuck Hess first commented on what a great person Eric is personally. [Eric] "is really really a super kid. He is one of the nicest young men I've been associated with," Hess said. Hess went on to call Williams an individual who "doesn't care for accolades but does the best he can do."

"He is very humble and extremely soft spoken but [on the court, Eric's] one of the best offensive players I've ever seen." Hess continued to praise Williams' game, especially Big Eric's hands. "He's got great hands," Hess said. "[His hands] may be the best of any kid I've coached in 24 years." And, those amazing hands are mammoth - a huge 9 ¾ inches.

Meanwhile, Hess also noted Williams' "great coordination" and his "great footwork and quick feet." Williams' great footwork is all the more remarkable when considering his size 18 shoe size.

Hess believes that Williams has many things most prospects will never pick up, the X-factor. "Eric has things you can't teach. We try to show him offensive moves to enhance what he already has." Hess noted that Williams has no problem catching a ball and immediately going up for a dunk, unlike many big men who travel.

This past weekend, Williams played in the Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Williams, in foul trouble most of the night, scored six points in that contest.

On April 4, Williams hits the hardwood with 23 of the other top high school seniors in the nation. Williams will play in the biggest High School All-Star game of all, the McDonald's All-American game, that night at Madison Square Garden.

At 6'8 ¾ and 280 pounds with 9 ¾ inch hands and an 88 inch (7'4") wingspan, Eric is obviously big. And, next season when he hits the hardwood at Wake Forest in the Joel, Eric hopes his college game is just that – big.

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