Troy Williams will be here in two years. Bank on it. Here being the
Slashing, scoring, perhaps winning.
The overriding question: Which jersey will Williams be wearing?
A 6-foot-6 small forward at Phoebus High, Williams narrowed his college options Wednesday to
No surprise there, and no offense to Tech and Villanova. They simply couldn't match Kentucky and North Carolina's heritage, or Georgetown's family connections.
With another year of high school ahead, Williams has ample time to ponder his decision. But he tells the Daily Press' Dave Johnson that he will reveal his choice "between mid-April and early may."
As brain-teasers go, this isn't exactly Sudoku.
Williams’ Georgetown ties are oft-chronicled. His aunt, Terri Williams-Flournoy, coaches the Hoyas’ nationally ranked women’s team. His uncle, summer basketball sage
But Troy’s raw athleticism and preference for rapid-fire offense do not mesh with coach
Conversely, Troy, with Boo in tow, traveled to games at Kentucky and North Carolina, Sweet 16 perennials and the two winningest programs in Division I history. Coincidentally – or was it a conspiracy?! -- both teams' small forwards excelled in those games.
On Dec. 21, Troy saw North Carolina sophomore
Many other Boo Williams alumni have played for the Tar Heels, including J.R. Reid, Jason Capel, Ronald Curry and Brian Bersticker.
A second-team All-American this season, Barnes figures to exit for the
Kentucky has landed three incoming freshmen for next season, none a small forward. The Wildcats’ current wing forward, freshman
Boo Williams’ program has little history with Kentucky — one of his imports,
Sure, Calipari pushes the envelope in recruiting. That hardly makes him unique.
And yes, his first two Final Fours, with Massachusetts in 1996 and Memphis in 2008, were voided for
But like North Carolina’s Williams, Calipari and Kentucky churn out more first-round
(Both coaches trekked to Hampton recently to watch Troy practice or play. Or was it merely to pay homage?)
The 2010 draft’s opening round included a record five Wildcats, Patterson and No. 1 overall pick
Depending on the decisions of underclassmen, Kentucky and Carolina could combine for as many as nine first-rounders this June. Wildcats freshman power forward
Troy Williams has first-round aspirations, too, the sooner the better. Kentucky and Carolina have no issue there.
Of the programs' nine potential opening-round picks, Zeller is the lone senior, Henson the sole junior.
Is Troy an early-exit talent?
The hunch here is that Bluegrass faithful will have front-row seats as the answer emerges.
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