IU remains in the mix for Malik Williams #iubb

Indiana is one of eight schools still in the mix for four-star forward Malik Williams.

The 7-foot Fort Wayne prospect, considered the No. 32 player in the 2017 recruiting class, lists IU along with Purdue, Michigan State, Iowa, Louisville, Georgetown, NC State and UCLA as his final eight schools under consideration. Williams tweeted his list of eight on Monday afternoon.

Williams told The Herald-Times in June that Indiana’s staff, especially assistant Tim Buckley, has done a great job building rapport with him during the last few years.

“They’ve been there for a long time,” Williams said of IU. “They were my first offer and they’ve been consistent ever since. We’ve built a strong relationship.”

As a junior last season at Fort Wayne Snider, Williams shot 46 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range, while averaging 21.4 points, 12.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.3 blocks. Juan Gorman, his AAU coach with Legit Basketball, told The Herald-Times earlier this summer that Williams’ biggest selling point is his versatility and range on the perimeter.

“He has great timing in that skill set of blocking shots and going to find the ball,” Gorman said. “He has a motor. You don’t find too many 6-11, 7-foot kids that can run. He can run, he can defend and do all the little things that kids his size can’t do. … He’s fine-tuning what he does well and he’s getting stronger. He’s already got a nice, soft shot and he can shoot with the best of them. He can probably out-shoot some guards.”