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CLASS OF 2014 INTRO: KYLE WILLIAMS
With college basketball coaches being able to be on the road this April for the first time in several years to evaluate prospects, recruiting at this stage this year seems to be well ahead for the rising senior class than in recent memory. Along with the head start in getting a look at their top 2013 targets, college coaches also had the opportunity to take a glance at 2014 and younger players this past April. That has meant a more meaningful June 15th date for the rising junior class as college coaches got a good look over a two weekend period at prospects and their early phone calls and texts to prospects were likely chosen from what they actuall saw.
One name that is new to many recruitniks that they should begin to learn in the Class of 2013 is Kyle Williams. College coaches definitely know the name and by judging from the list of school making early contact with the 6-foot-9, 225-pound big man out of Freeport (NY), his recruitment could blow up quickly.
Williams, who attends St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School and currently plays with Team Underrated on the AAU circuit, has seen his phone hit up often since the unlimited calls and texts rule went into effect June 15th.
With a strong summer the list of offers and interest will surely increase for Williams. He hopes to show college coaches in July his strengths on the court and for a player with his size, he will likely become a hot commodity in the Class of 2014 quickly.
“I will be attending the Reebok Invitational Camp in Philadelphia as well as other day camps at various colleges in the Northeast,” he said. “My strengths are rebounding, shot blocking and my post moves.”
In preparation for the summer AAU and camp circuit as well as next season at St. John the Baptist, Williams will put extra work on improving his face-up ability, specifically his jump shot, ball handking skills and ability to defend on the perimeter. He hopes these improvements will lead to the accomplishment of his ultimate team goal next season.
“My goal is to win the Class A State Championship, as we lost in the championship game this past year,” he said.
Williams produced one of the state’s most memorable performances last season as a sophomore when he poured in 34 points and grabbed 32 rebounds as the Cougars pulled away from St. Anthony’s (NY), 82-70, at Hofstra’s Mack Sports Complex to claim Nassau-Suffolk CHSAA title.
Also this summer Williams will hope to get a closer look at some of the schools recruiting him with some unofficial visits, especially to those in the Northeast region.
“I will try to visit all the schools in the Northeast that have interest in me, and try to schedule visits for some of the schools that are farther away,” said Williams.
NBE will be certain to make a point to check out Kyle Williams and his Team Underrated teammates on the AAU circuit this summer. From the sounds of it we will likely have some comapny as college coaches will likely be in the gym taking a look as well. Stay tuned right here all summer long for the latest…