Last week, Kentucky’s John Calipari hopped on a plane to watch one of his coveted junior prospects in action. Troy Williams (Hampton, Va./Phoebus) was impressed. So far, according to Williams, the Wildcats have been the most impressive team on his list.
“They’ve been calling and checking in (a lot),” Williams said.
However, Kentucky has company; elite company. North Carolina, Georgetown, Virginia Tech and Villanova comprise the list of his five favorite schools.
Ranked the No. 8 player in the ESPNU 60, Williams has the pedigree of a star. His uncle, Marcellus “Boo” Williams, a former St. Joe’s star, is that reasonable voice in his ear, helping to shape who he is and his collegiate decision. Williams is one of the most respected travel team coaches in America and runs the program that bears his name.
For Boo, Troy Williams is just like every other kid who’s played for him ... sort of. “The problem is you have to treat him like any other player,” Boo said. “You have to put him in the best situation that works for him. I’ve been involved for 30 years but this is my nephew, so it’s different.”
The AAU coach of stars Allen Iverson, J.J. Redick and Alonzo Mourning, Boo Williams’ nephew can hold his own with the top small forwards in the high school game. He can write his own ticket to any college.
The smart money here says this comes down to a head-to-head between UNC and Kentucky.