Sabre Scoop: Big Weekend For Men’s Basketball Recruiting

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Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) forward Terrance Williams tweeted the news that he is set to take an official visit to the University of Virginia. Williams, a member of the class of 2020, is one of four prospects Virginia is expected to host on official visits this weekend.

As of this past summer, prospects can begin taking official visits starting August 1 of their junior year. Additionally, a prospect can take up to 10 officials by the end of their senior year. Virginia will be the first official visit destination for the 6’7”, 220-pound Williams, who is rated a 4-star prospect by Rivals and 247Sports.

“I think they are very serious about him,” Purple Eagles head coach Stephen Turner said of UVA’s interest in Williams. Turner says Virginia has offered the junior forward a scholarship. “He is a kid who is a priority to them. With the new rule change, both them and him are taking advantages [of prospects being able to take official visits beginning August 1 prior to their junior year]. He is taking an opportunity to get to know more about them. They get to know him better. He’s doing his due diligence.”

What makes Williams such an attractive prospect? A versatile and efficient offensive game, for starters. He provided a glimpse of his offensive talent during the 2018 Hoop Hall Classic, when, according to USA Today High School Sports, he scored 26 points (10-of-16 shooting, including 2-of-3 from 3) in 27 minutes of play in a route of Sacred Heart (CT).

Playing for the 2018 Peach Jam champion Team Takeover 17U AAU squad on the Nike EYBL circuit this past spring and summer, Williams averaged 7.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per game (stats per He made 46.4% of his field goals, 83.3% of his free throws (54 attempts) and 20-of-39 of his 3-pointers on a deep and talented team that went undefeated in EYBL play (16-0).

For Gonzaga, Williams is “one of our leaders, even as a sophomore last year,” Turner said. “He was our leading scorer and rebounder. He has an ability to create different mismatches. He is more of a 4 type, but he has the ability to stretch the floor and create mismatches.”

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