Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NEW YORK — Troy Williams’s recruitment is in flux.
Just a few months ago, he was going to announce for Kentucky or North Carolina.
Now a slew of new schools, including Ohio State, Indiana, Kansas, Memphis, Alabama, South Carolina, Georgetown and Arkansas are in the mix for the 6-foot-6, high-flying athletic wing who had 10 points as the USA team beat the NYC team, 87-86, Saturday night in the Big Strick classic at City College of New York.
Williams, who will spend his senior season at Oak Hill Academy, plans to visit Alabama this coming weekend, and may trip to South Carolina on the way out.
“[Alabama] is a real get up-and-down team, uptempo,” Williams told SNY.tv in the above video. “They’re recruiting me and my point guard, Anthony ‘Cat’ Barber, so we’re looking at going to them.
“I’ve been talking to coach Anthony Grant a lot. He’s excited about me coming down to the campus next weekend.”
Williams and Barber, who missed the Big Strick game with an injury, are considering packaging at Alabama, Louisville or potentially Kansas.
“We’re about 50/50 on it,” Williams said. “We’re going to talk about it more. We’re going to try and either commit and sign in November. If not, we’re going to just wait until the spring.”
As for the other schools, Williams has no visits planned.
“With Kansas, they finished second last year,” Williams said. “I’ve been keeping in touch with Coach [Bill] Self and coach [Joe] Dooley a lot. They’re also recruiting Cat, too, so they’re looking to get us together.”
Indiana is also working hard for Williams, as we reported in this story.
“Indiana is a real up-tempo type,” he said. “I’ve been talking to their coaches. Their recruit Stanford Robinson, he’s been talking to me about it so I can learn inside and outside information about them.”
Ohio State and Memphis have also expressed interest.
“Ohio State just became interested,” he said. “I’m looking at them, I don’t know a lot about them.
“Memphis, I just found that they’ve been recruiting me. My uncle [Boo Williams] has been keeping it from me for some reason.”
South Carolina, Georgetown and Arkansas are also in the mix.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.