June 5, 2008
The nation has their eye on Duncanville star
Duncanville (TExas) High's Shawn Williams is on the rise. He is a rising prospect in the national rankings, checking in at No.51 in the class of 2009, as well as seeing his stock rise with a number of college programs after a terrific spring on the AAU circuit.
With offers from the likes of Texas, UCLA, Florida, Kentucky, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Baylor and Texas A&M among others, the 6-7, 215-pound wing has had to trim his list to workable number of schools.
"I've got like six or seven schools on my list," Williams said. "They are Texas, Arkansas, UCLA, Baylor, Florida, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. Right now, I'm open to all of them,"
Williams is set for a busy summer that will include a number of stops for national showcases as well as two key camps.
"Right now, I'm going to the NBA Players camp and the Vince Carter camp in June. In July, I'll be playing in Cincinnati, Las Vegas and Los Angeles in tournaments. I wanted to go to the Texas camp June 26-27, but that is when the Vince Carter camp is. I may go to the UCLA camp, but I'm not for sure," Williams said.
Even with the busy schedule that will keep the Williams family on the move in June and July, the Duncanville star wing is hoping to make a decision in August. When it comes time to sit down and pick a future destination, the four-star prospect knows exactly what he is looking for.
"After the summer, in August, I should know where I want to go to school. What I'm looking for in a program is playing style, getting along with the coaches, the academics and just feeling comfortable. The playing style is key," Williams said.
Williams has built a reputation as a long-range shooter with a good feel for the game. With the improved ability to put the ball on the floor, he has become an offensive player to be reckoned with. The next improvement for Williams will be making gains in the strength department.
Williams is very focused on improving his strength headed into the summer.
"I'm in the weight room every day. Right now, getting stronger is my focus. That is where I need to improve the most." Williams said.
He averaged 16 points and nine rebounds per game last season for Duncanville. The Panthers will open the 2008-09 season as the #1 team in the state as well as one of the tops nationally.
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