Mark Williams hearing from Indiana again

Mark Williams was beginning to believe Indiana had moved on.

The 6-foot-7, 235-pound rising junior forward from Cleveland Benedictine received a scholarship offer from the Hoosiers last fall and attended Hoosier Hysteria, but by May, months had passed since he’d received anything from them.

But since June 15, the first day college coaches can contact rising juniors, Williams has been back in the fold again.

“They were off, but ever since the calling period, every day, I’ve gotten inspirational letters from coach (Tim) Buckley,” Williams said. “Calls from coach (Tom) Crean. They’ve been very involved. … And the thing that gets me about Indiana is everything is not always about basketball with them. They ask about how my family is doing. Grades, school, social life. Things your cousin would ask. It’s a very family-like conversation we have.”

Williams has added some scholarship offers recently, though none of them are from power six conferences yet. Dayton, Northern Illinois and Robert Morris have offered. Cincinnati, Penn State, West Virginia and Wisconsin have all called, he said, as well as several others.

His goal for this summer is to add to the list.

“Even though the calls and the letters are rolling in, it just motivates me to work harder,” Williams said. “Every school that I don’t have an offer from and that I don’t have looks from, I’m dedicated to get it.”

To do that, Williams said he needs to work on his athleticism. He moves well for his size right now, but he’s trying to be stronger and more explosive.

“The main focal point of this summer has to be my athleticism,” Williams said. “Just jumping and getting stronger. As I get older, guys get bigger, stronger faster. I can’t be the only one lagging behind.”

Since he’s trying to build his base of schools, he’s not looking to commit any time soon.

“I have no intentions of committing now or this summer,” Williams said. “Definitely next summer going into my senior year, definitely before that time. But as far as now, I’m pretty much just soaking everything up because everything is just begun. New schools are coming. Old schools that were going hard at first are going to slack off.”