Sabre Scoop: Big Weekend For Men’s Basketball Recruiting

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 D1Circuit.com). 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.”

On the next level, “I think he can play between the 3 and the 4,” Turner said. “He has got a skillset that allows him to play multiple positions and coaches could use him in a variety of ways. He has done a tremendous job of changing his body, which has allowed him the ability to play on the wing.”

Other reported offers for Williams include DePaul, George Mason, Georgetown, NC State, South Carolina, Stanford and Virginia Tech. Is the fact that Williams is starting to make official visits an indication that a decision could be coming soon?

“I don’t think that’s the case,” Turner answered. “He hasn’t said that to me.”

“Everyone is recruiting him,” Turner added. “Right now he is using the opportunities to get out and see schools so he can eventually trim his list.”

EDGE Outlook: I noticed Williams when in Hampton for the 2018 Nike EYBL. What stood out most at the time was his feel and shooting stroke. His ability to fill it up offensively was evident. He’s not a big-time athlete, but he makes up for it with quick decisions and good feel. Prior to my interview with Turner, I wasn’t aware Virginia had offered. Coach Turner is not one to claim an offer that isn’t there, so it appears the Cavaliers have offered a scholarship prior to this weekend. I plan to speak with Williams early next week regarding this weekend’s visit to get a better feel for where he may be on Virginia’s 2020 board as well as his thoughts on the Cavaliers.

WEEKEND VISITORS

Expected to join Williams in Charlottesville this weekend are Virginia’s two class of 2019 commitments – guard Casey Morsell and forward/center Kadin Shedrick – as well as class of 2020 point guard target Reece Beekman. Morsell was a teammate of Williams’ on Team Takeover, and the two face each other in WCAC competition (Morsell attends St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C.).

In Morsell and Shedrick, Virginia boasts two of the Top 80 high school seniors in the nation according to 247Sports, Rivals and ESPN.

Morsell Ranking, ESPN – 4-star, No. 47 overall recruit in the class of 2019, No. 8 shooting guard in the class of 2019
Morsell Ranking, 247Sports – 4-star, No. 66 overall, No. 9 shooting guard
Morsell Ranking, Rivals – 4-star, No. 68 overall, No. 12 shooting guard

Shedrick Ranking, 247Sports – 4-star, No. 52 overall, No.

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