Williams concentrating on high school, not college

David Williams and his teammates on the First Coast (Jacksonville) basketball team didn’t have school today. The head coach told them to take the day off from conditioning, too.

They didn’t.

“They’re building a championship mentality,” Dwight Williams, David’s father, said. “They know they can be special, so they got in and worked.”

Williams, the 6-foot-7 guard who unexpectedly became Indiana’s first commitment in the class of 2010, will once again play every position for his team this fall. With the team’s two leading scorers departed, he should see more shots, though.

“He’s still going to do a bit of everything,” Dwight said. “That’s his game, and he has to play it. But he’ll take on more of the scoring load for sure. What will really change is the leadership aspect. He was a captain last year, but he knows this year he needs to be the one other players look to.”

With the early signing period just over two weeks away (it lasts one week and begins on Nov. 11), Williams’ focus is on helping build the First Coast program.

“He’s just thinking about having a good final year on the court and in the classroom,” Dwight said. “He knows he’s going to college somewhere. Where? We know this is a process.”

Williams remains committed to Indiana, his father said.

“He still loves the Indiana coaching staff,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong there. We just think David is going to have a good school year.”

Williams was a virtual unknown when he snapped up IU’s offer in April. His play during the summer period, when he was often the fourth or fifth option on a loaded Atlanta Celtics squad, was difficult to evaluate.

“We weren’t happy with the AAU situation,” Dwight said. “It didn’t really market David the way we wanted. The Atlanta Celtics are a great organization, but it was just the situation. It didn’t help with all the rankings and the recognition. Right now, he’s worried about letting the basketball speak for itself with his high school team.”

Victor Oladipo, a guard from Maryland, is the only other player committed to Indiana in the 2010 class.

6 comments

  1. It should be interesting to see if he does sign, then if he does which current player will get the boot to give him a scholarship since I’m sure we will have at least three sign LOIs.

  2. Chris, what the heck is going on here? This sounds like a highly recruited football player who has given a soft verbal, only he isn’t highly rated and this isn’t football. “He knows he’s going to college somewhere. Where? We know this is a process.” That narrows it down.

  3. Looks like the dad is putting some of the blame for his son’s low stats during the summer on the AAU coach. Not a good sign. By all accounts this situation is odd. I’m one that believes William’s is a Hoosier until told otherwise but it certainly looks like it’s far from a lock and if I had to guess right now I’d say it’s less than 50/50.

  4. “He still loves the Indiana coaching staff,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong there. We just think David is going to have a good school year.”

    This quote seems to suggest that the father thinks David will have such a good year that he’ll get more and better (in his mind) offers than Indiana, and that he won’t sign during the early signing period. I could be misinterpreting his words, but nothing in the article suggests that he wants to sign in November, with IU or anyone else.

  5. Maybe they are just playing a coy cat and mouse game after reading many blog remarks in which he is the subject.

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