Westwind Prep International 6-foot-5, 220-pound unsigned prep guard Gary Williams is having an awesome showing for himself this summer. While playing for the Arizona Magic Elite 17U coached by Kenny Mullins, Williams has led his unit to a strong 3-0 start in Las Vegas at the Pangos Fab 48 event.
Williams has been the instrumental force for the team, and is one of the hottest prospects in Vegas this week, as he has averaged better than 30+ points per/game in his team's three wins in the event. As a resuult of Williams' play thus far, the talented and gifted bigger guard prospect has reeled in serious division-I interest from numerous college programs, including Marquette, Oregon State, Texas San Antonio, New Mexico and Portland State, just to name a few, with many more coaches now looking to get involved.
Academically, Williams has still not been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse, so if if he is unable to get cleared, Williams may opt for a junior college program. National powerhouse Indian Hills Junior College (IA) is all over Williams to lead his team next season from the point position.
I spoke with Williams' father, Gary Williams Sr. Friday evening, and he advised me that his son may opt to go to Indian Hills JC in an attempt to raise his college recruitment to it's highest level.
"Gary welcomes the opportunity to play at the highest level," sad Gary Williams Sr. "That's what he wants."
A native of the Bay Area in Northern California, Williams is a serious offensive talent that is capable of scoring almost at will, but is also able to make plays at a high rate for his teammates. Similar to the NBA's Jason Kidd (New York Knicks), Williams is a very big guard prospect that has a high motor and a high basketball IQ from playing countless hours in the parks and in leagues.
A native of Northern California, where he attended Castlemont High School, Williams ventured to Westwind Prep this year after a breif stint at ABCD Prep in Texas. While a late member of Westwind Prep International’s post-graduate program, Williams missed out on much of the fall recruiting, while he moved destinations and Westwind Prep went through it’s share of problems with the basketball program.
With his play thus far this spring, Williams has proved to be a force physically. He has excellent size and strength and is able to overpower his competition off the dribble on strong, slashing drives to the basket, while also being able to make plays from the perimeter for himself or his teammates with excellent ball handling and passing of the basketball. Williams has also shown a consistent shooting stroke out to three-point distance, and has displayed a nice mid-range game, which makes him very difficult to defend.
A native of Northern California’s toughest high school league, Williams is a throw-back performer that likes to get others involved and seems to get much more delight from making an excellent pass to an open teammate or setting up a teammate off a strong drive towards the basket.
I will continue to follow Williams’ recruitment closely this spring, and bring you any updates as they continue to develop.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Williams is a nice-looking wing prospect that is very skilled and is capable of playing either the point guard position, off-guard or the small forward position on the floor. A talented and gifted player, Williams has a very good motor and competes with excellent energy. He likes to have the basketball in his hands where he is able to make plays off the dribble for himself or others with excellent court vision. Likes to play the point position and is a very big guard as a result. Has a very nice handle of the basketball. Is also a very good mid-range shooter and has range out to three-point distance. Has a svery strong physical frame that allows him to overpower most guards in the post, where he is able to score effectively around the basket and also rebound and finish the play. A very strong rebounder. A triple-double waiting to happen here, since his size allows him to do so much on the floor. Rebounds hard on both ends of the floor, and uses his size and body to make plays. Also a good defender with good lateral quickness. Has the ability to become a lock-down defender with more focus in this area. An excellent teammate that enjoys winning, and has a great attitude on and off the floor with good professionalism as a player. Very mature. Excellent sleeper prospect.