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Troy Williams May Sign Late; Thornwell, Iroegbu Set Visits (UPDATED)
EDITOR’S NOTE: This post was updated after an interview with Boo Williams, and reflects the fact that N.C. State is not recruiting Troy Williams.
Add Troy Williams to the growing list of elite prospects who may wait until the spring to sign.
Williams, who at one point was poised to decide this past May between North Carolina and Kentucky, may now wait until the spring.
“He’s leaning more toward signing late,” Oak Hill Academy coach Steve Smith told SNY.tv Tuesday.
“He talked to Boo Williams, his uncle, and they seem to be wanting to see who signs where, who goes [to the NBA], who doesn’t go.”
Added Boo Williams: “Right now, it looks like we’ll sign late because we just can’t make enough school visits. How the schedule works out, we can’t make among school visits. We’ll probably only make one or two at the most.”
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams and South Carolina head coach Frank Martin both met Sunday with Williams.
“They met separately. North Carolina offered Troy,” Smith said. “They said, ‘We’ll recruit you all year'” if he opts to sign late.
Indiana coach Tom Crean and Ohio State coach Thad Matta met Williams Monday and Arkansas coach Mike Anderson is due in today (Tuesday).
Louisville coach Rick Pitino comes in Thursday and Alabama coach Anthony Grant Friday, as does LSU.
Smith said Williams has no visits planned at this point, but several schools are trying to get him on campus.
“He hasn’t set up visits,” Smith said. “Ohio State is trying to get him to come in on Oct. 19.”
Said Boo Williams: “We haven’t decided which ones we’re going to visit, between Ohio State, Indiana and North Carolina and all that.”
As for shooting guard Sindarius Thornwell, Smith said he plans on signing in the fall and is considering Ohio State, N.C. State, South Carolina and Georgia.
“Those are the main ones,” he said.
Smith said Thornwell will visit N.C. State and Ohio State on the aforementioned dates, and it’s possible Williams could join for one or both.
“He’s going to visit Ohio State and N.C. State in October,” Smith said.
Ike Iroegbu, a 2013 point guard, will visit Charleston this weekend, Virginia Tech (Sept. 21) and Washington State (Sept. 28).
R.J. Curington, a 2013 shooting guard, will visit Western Kentucky and N.C. Wilmington and possibly St. Louis, but no dates are set.
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