'15 guard in 'awe' of Pitino recruiting him

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and his staff have been visiting some of their top targets in the Class of 2015. One of those targets is New Williams, a combo guard from Santa Monica, Calif., High School. Cardinal Authority caught up with Williams and has his thoughts on the recruiting process.

The University of Louisville basketball staff is recruiting the Class of 2015 hard for a few potential guard prospects.

One of the guards who has emerged as a top prospect is Santa Monica, Calif., High School combo guard New Williams, who is ranked as the No. 67 prospect in the Scout.com rankings for the Class of 2015.

The 6-foot-2 Williams said he has 11 scholarship offers, claiming offers from U of L, Oregon, Arizona State, Pepperdine, San Diego State and others.

"I don't really have top list of schools yet," Williams said. "But Louisville has always been one of my favorite schools. I pick them in my bracket every year.

"They play so hard. They like to run and they have a legendary coach. There's a lot to like about Louisville. It seems like a very attractive place."

Williams said the defending national champion Cardinals have been in contact for a while, noting he and his father have been in touch with assistant coach Wyking Jones. He was in California on Tuesday watching Williams work out.

"I played pretty good," Williams said.

The left-handed Williams had a break out summer on the AAU circuit for his Earl Watson Pangos Elite team, opening a lot of college options.

Williams said he believes he has improved even more since the summer.

"Right now, I am a combo guard," he said. "But I am trying to become a pure point guard. I can score the ball but I am also very vocal and a leader. I always try to keep up the intensity in practice and in games.

"I just have a passion for the game and love to pressure."

Williams said Jones has told him he would be a perfect fit in Pitino's system, noting the coach also said U of L will "need some guards" in the '15 class.

"He said they like athletic guards," Williams said. "He said they want guards that can get out and run and play defense. They pressure up a lot and turn up the press, and they need guards who can execute that."

Williams said he is a long way from making a final decision but is hopeful that he can continue to build the relationship with the U of L staff.

"I feel very blessed for this opportunity that has occurred," Williams said. "I am very humbled and in awe just thinking about me playing for the legendary Rick Pitino, who coached the Celtics, won a national championship with Kentucky and with then Louisville. He's the only coach who has won two national championships with two schools, that's pretty special.

"But in the end, I just want to go for the best situation possible for me."

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