"St. Thomas More had an opening because David Boykin, who was supposed to go there, took a scholarship to Fordham over the summer," said Eric Jaklitsch, an assistant at Our Savior New American and one of Williams' AAU coaches with the New York Elite. "Tyvon took that spot."
Fortuitous, indeed. Instead of scrambling for a spot, Williams became an understudy to one of the most highly respected coaches in the prep ranks in Jere Quinn. It presents a chance for the lead guard from Manhattan's Lower East Side to refine his game under a great teacher.
"He's going to have a great year this year at St. Thomas More with Jere Quinn," said Jaklitsch. "It's a chance for him to learn in a structured environment and learn from a coach that has had a tremendous amount of success over the last 20 years."
Williams is reclassifying as a senior at the Oakdale, Connecticut, school. So far, he has taken to his new surroundings.
"It's real competitive," said Williams. "I'm doing good, though. Coach Quinn is helping me with school work and everything."
Williams had picked up a couple of low and mid-level offers as a senior at Our Savior, averaging 17 points, seven assists, and three steals for Coach Ron Stelzer, but opted for a fifth year when he did not receive a qualifying SAT score. He has fielded an offer from a MAAC program this fall, and is getting some other looks.
"College of Charleston, Marist, Quinnipiac, and Sacred Heart came to school to look at me (this month)," said Williams. "I'm looking to take some visits soon. I'm not sure where I'm going to go yet."
According to Jaklitsch, Marist has offered.
Williams is a guard who is dodgy off of the dribble, showing a burst off the drive and the ability to break down defenders. He is capable of creating his own shot and has a solid feel for the game. He needs to exercise good decision-making and shot selection all of the time.
"He's really good in transition," said Jaklitsch. "He shoots the ball really well from the perimeter."
Williams paced the National Prep Tip-Off Classic in assists and steals last winter. He was named to the all-tournament team at the Del Curry Shootout in Charlotte, North Carolina in December, scoring 30 points against Georgia 5A state champion Norcross High School.