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As expected, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) class of 2020 forward Terrance Williams was at the University of Virginia last weekend on an official visit, the first official visit he has taken in his recruiting process. The 6’7”, 220-pound junior made the trip to Charlottesville alongside his mother and sister.
“This was my first in-depth visit [at UVA],” Williams noted. “I was at the NBA Camp, but I was injured and didn’t play. I wasn’t able to talk to the coaches then and I really didn’t get an in-depth look at the campus. On my official, I received an in-depth look at the campus and the facilities and the new renovations to the locker room. I hung out with the guys and received a look at how they act outside the gym. I stayed with Kyle Guy, De’Andre [Hunter], Ty Jerome. I went to their dorm and we hung out and played video games.”
“I got along with [the Virginia players] well,” Williams added. “They’re very funny.”
Williams spoke at length with Virginia head coach Tony Bennett, who has made a strong impression upon the Purple Eagles star.
“Coach Bennett is a great person, a great man, and a great coach,” Williams said. “I really like his personality. He really kept everything real with me. He’s a man of faith and I like his personality. He had a video with my strengths and showing me how I’d fit into the system. He compared me some to Isaiah Wilkins. By the time I’d get there in two years, most of the key players would be gone, so I could possibly start.”
Williams, a versatile player with ability to score inside and out, says Bennett likes his ability to put the ball in the basket as well as his knack for “being at the right place at the right time.” Virginia’s head coach envisions him as a combo forward in his system.
“Whenever they’d play big I’d be a wing,” Williams said. “When they go to small ball, I could go down to the 4. Defensive-wise, I could guard the 3 through the 5 positions.”
Virginia made its pitch. What does the Washington (D.C.) native think of his potential fit in the Cavalier program after last weekend’s trip?
“I think I’d fit in great,” Williams answered. “I didn’t play with the team, but watching them workout, they do what Gonzaga does, really. Lots of screening and popping. That’s where my shooting ability comes in.”
When it comes to Williams, Virginia had an extra recruiter on Grounds this past weekend. Cavalier class of 2019 commitment Casey Morsell, a teammate of Williams’ on Team Takeover on the Nike EYBL circuit, was on an official visit as well.
“All weekend he was telling me how everything is good and I need to come there,” Williams said of Morsell. “He has been persuading me since he committed, especially once I got the offer in July.”
Following what seems to have been a positive experience in Charlottesville, where does Williams go next with respect to his decision-making process? And where do the Hoos stand on his list?
“I’ll probably make a college decision in the spring,” Williams said. “That’s what I’m hoping for. UVA is definitely in the mix right now.”
In addition to Virginia, Williams boasts scholarship offers from DePaul, Georgetown, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and others. He plans to take an official visit to Stanford next weekend, but as of now no other visits have been scheduled.
On the basketball court, Williams was part of a Team Takeover 17U squad that went undefeated in Session play before capturing the 2018 Peach Jam title. He is one of the primary performers and team leaders for Gonzaga. His role on a highly talented Team Takeover squad was different. Williams accepted his role off the bench and was a valuable contributor, averaging 7.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per game (stats per D1Circuit.com) while making 46.4% of his field goals, 83.3% of his free throws (54 attempts) and 20-of-39 of his 3-pointers.
“It was definitely fun playing with that group of talent,” Williams said. “From start to finish, we played together. I did come off the bench but I knew my role coming in. I had to embrace it.”
Last year for the Purple Eagles, Williams would “get everybody involved,” he said. “Whenever somebody is down, I help pick them up. That’s mostly...
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