Williams Takes Official Visit

Duke Crews wasn't the only recruit taking an official visit to Winston-Salem this past weekend. L.D. Williams, a local prospect who is already committed to Wake Forest, also took an official visit to Wake Forest.

"It was great," L.D. Williams said of his visit. "The airplane ride was great and when I got to the hotel I was overwhelmed. I thought that I would be in a regular hotel, but they put me up in the Adams Mark which was probably the biggest hotel in Winston-Salem."

While on his visit, Williams was not only shown a good time by the players and coaches at Wake Forest, he also got an even more inside look at the program. "The guys treated me well and showed me more of the ropes," he noted. "It was different between me and Duke because I'm already committed so they could show me a little more because they know I'll be there."

Williams, who flew back to North Carolina from his prep school in Florida on Thursday, met with the president, several academic advisors, and some professors while on campus. "We went to class with Chris Ellis and then played pick-up with the guys and had a good time," Williams noted. Also attending the pick-up game on campus were other 2006 recruits, Deacon commitments Ishmael Smith and Jamie Skeen.

Smith, Skeen, and Williams being on campus this weekend was an attempt to make Duke Crews feel even more comfortable with the Demon Deacon program – and it may have worked well. "[Crews] said he enjoyed it," said Williams, an AAU teammate of Crews on Boo Williams' AAU squad. "He liked the way at Wake Forest you are able to chill with everybody. J-Gray was the homecoming king. At a lot of other schools, the teams are isolated but at Wake they treat you like students not just basketball players. He also liked the atmosphere that the games will be at there at the Joel. [If he comes,] he'll be learning from some of the best people in America and playing for what I think is one of the top five coaches in America."

As for Williams, he continues to maintain a two-fold focus on academics and preparing for his senior season. "We're working out every day trying to get better," he said. We're trying to get to that next level. We're looking real great. We've got four returning players so we're a young team and most are new to the American style of basketball, but I know the leadership we've got will help us.

"I'm just trying to keep getting better and stay on the academics," he continued. "Coach Gaudio said I've been shooting the ball well. Now I'm trying to keep my weight up and my grades so I stay qualified and pass through the clearinghouse so I can get on to Wake Forest."

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