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Friday / July 12.
  • Three-star guard Mike Williams lighting up EYBL circuit, planning visit to Mississippi State this month

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    By SAM LANCE

    KANSAS CITY — One of the most dynamic offensive players in the entire EYBL circuit may just be Mike Williams, the son of former NBA champion with the Cleveland Cavaliers and former All-Star Mo Williams.

    The 6-foot, 160-pound guard from Jackson Academy (MS) and the LivOn Nike EYBL AAU program, had three games during Session 4 where he scored 20 plus points. For the session, he averaged 20.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 37.5% from the field. His best game was a 28-point outing where he knocked in four 3-pointers vs. UPlay.

    “My jumper hasn’t been falling like it usually does,” Williams said of his play in KC. “But I’ve been being aggressive, trusting my teammates to give the ball back. And [thinking] shot going in, being confident. That’s the key.”

    Williams’ confidence is what he believes sets him apart, and you can see his poise and tenacity on the court.

    “My confidence is sky high, it’s up there,” Williams said. “And that’s what it is man. I feel like if you have confidence you can go be the player you want to be, do anything.”

    While at Session 4, Williams updated his recruitment and named a few schools mostly in contact.

    “Alabama reached out to my dad,” Williams said. “LSU as well and Mississippi State. Ole Miss reached out to my coach. That’s probably it who I talk to right now.”

    Williams is setting up a June visit with Mississippi State and also plans to go to Ole Miss if he’s able. He broke down those two schools, as well as some other options to ZAGSBLOG.com:

    Alabama: “They shoot a lot of threes. I love that. That’s a great attribute to have. My dad actually played at Alabama in college. So I know the coaches, he knows them well. That’s a good thing.”

    LSU: “I like a lot about the program. I like the coach Jalen Courtney-Williams. He’s from Jackson, Mississippi. He came to see me at school, before school ended. He’s from, he went to school in Jackson, Mississippi. So I know him pretty well. My coach knows him. So I like that school.”

    Mississippi State: “I love Mississippi State actually. The coaches contact me a lot. That’s the school that wants me bad. But I just love it. I need to take my visit. I haven’t been there yet, but I’ll take my visit soon. [Chris Jans] is cool. He watched me play in Indiana. He watched me play twice, was talking to my dad.”

    Ole Miss: “I don’t really know much about Ole Miss with the new staff, with Chris Beard. But hopefully they contact me soon. If I could get in touch with them, that’d be great.”

    The college coach Williams said he is closest with is assistant coach George Brooks of Mississippi State.

    Williams was recently invited to the NBPA Top 100 camp June 8-13 in Orlando, Florida, per his father’s Instagram page. Mo is currently the head coach at Jackson State University, who has offered Mike. One thing Mike remembers about watching his dad growing up is his 52-point game while he was on the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    “A lot of mid-ranges,” Williams recalled of the performance. “That’s where I got my mid-range game from. I appreciate my dad. He criticizes me in good ways and really helps me to be a better player. So I thank him for that. I don’t think I would be in this position I am now without him.”

    There are several other hoopers in the family, as Williams is the middle child and has six brothers. Williams said he often plays against the ones close to him in age and it gets pretty competitive.

    Williams is ranked the No. 187 prospect in the 2025 class per 247Sports, giving him three-star status. However, Williams may be one of the best pure scorers in the class.

    “I believe I’m a great three-level scorer,” Williams said. “I’m just a great person, player to be around.”

    Williams favorite NBA player is Kyrie Irving and he doesn’t really have any hobbies outside of basketball.

    “I only hoop that’s it,” Williams said.

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