April 20, 2010
Country Day's Williams looks to narrow field soon
Detroit Country Day four-star center Amir Williams has continued to improve as a player, and his efforts have taken him from being known as one of the top post prospects in the Midwest to a national recruit.
Williams (6-9, 220) recently completed a state championship run with DCD, helping the Yellowjackets (26-2) win the Class B title over Lansing Sexton, 71-47, on March 27. He scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the victory.
His season overall wasn't too shabby, either, as he was named Class B All-State after averaging 16 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks on the season.
SpartanMag.com recently caught up with Williams and he talked about his junior season as well as the latest in his recruitment.
"I think I played good this year. After playing behind DaShonte (Riley, now at Syracuse) and Donnovan (Kirk, now at Miami-FL)for a couple years, I think they really taught me a lot of things on how I can expand my game and go out there and produce," said Williams, whom Rivals.com ranks the No. 52 prospect overall in the Class of 2011. "Every day during practice they would push me and I would always push them. So, I learned a lot from those two, and I just showed what I learned out on the court this year and I was very successful at what I was doing."
"I think I improved my post game a lot better than it was last year," Williams continued. "It's still not where it needs to be if I want to play at the highest level. I know I can still work at it. But so far I think that's my biggest improvement since last year. I've learned how to right-hand jump hook, left-hand jump hook and some other moves in the post, and I have to continue to get stronger and continue to work in the post."
Recruiting has gone well for Williams, too, as his offer list is at the point of being too long to remember. That's a good thing, though, for a guy who is still open to all of his suitors.
"Dang, that's a lot of schools," Williams said of his offers. "Purdue, Miami-FL, Michigan, Michigan State, those two schools, University of Kentucky and Duke, LSU, Cincinnati, Pitt, Ohio State, Florida, USC. That's all I can think of right now"
"Also Wisconsin and FIU, I forgot about those," Williams later added. He also said the Duke and LSU offers are the latest ones he's added to his list.
Williams is planning to take a closer look at his recruitment in the near future, and that should lead to cutting his list down a little bit.
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