North Carolina Basketball: 2013 SF Troy Williams cuts list to five

From a small blog post I found on CBS Sports by Jeff Borzello, who I have had on some of my podcasts, it seems that junior small forward Troy Williams, who I had posted about a while back, has cut his list to five schools. Besides North Carolina the 6’6″/190 lbs young man out of Phoebus High School (Hampton, VA) is looking at Kentucky, Georgetown, Villanova and Virginia Tech. Williams said this to CBSSports.com via a text message…

“They’re schools that play my style of play, and they’re also not that far for my family,”

CBS has him as a five star prospect, while ranking him eighth in his class. Over at Scout.com he is also listed as a five stars player, second at his position and eighth overall. Over at the other scouting site, Rivals.com the junior is ranked 14th overall and is only a four star candidate, and finally at ESPN Williams is seen as five star player, ranked 8th as well.

From what I have read of this young man he has a lot of good sides to his game, which include his athleticism and versatility. His long arms allow him to be a factor on both sides of the ball, either going to the basket strong or locking down on a defender down low. While his play in the paint seems to be NCAA ready the shot from outside needs work, but if that does improve he could be a top notch wing player. I am sure that the recruiting war for this player is going to heat up soon and I will try to keep an eye (or ear) on it as it develops. Bobby Bancroft, who covers Mason and Georgetown for 106.7 The Fan and the Big East and recruiting for National Hoops Report, said this of the young man who plays AAU for the famous Boo Williams team…

“I’ve seen him a few times both last season in HS and during the summer in AAU. He’s got incredible athleticism that would be best served on a team that gets up and down the court. His shot needs work but it’s fixable. I really think it’s a top 3 of Kentucky, UNC, Georgetown. I’d put Kentucky as the favorite.”

I plan on speaking with Bobby Bancroft and others about this recruit and others in the coming weeks, so make sure to come back and check here often for those updates. If you have any questions about any future Tar Heels, be it in basketball or football, leave a comment below and I will try to find someone to tell me about them.

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