September 28, 2011

Hoops prospect enjoys visit

Nick Saban wasn't the only Alabama coach who had visitors on campus over the weekend. UA men's basketball coach Anthony Grant hosted a small group, including 2012 prospect JaCorey Williams, the Crimson Tide's lone official visitor.

"It was pretty exciting," Williams said. "Even though I had been down there like 10 times, I saw new things like the academic side of things. I had been to the coliseum, the locker room and all of the basketball facilities plenty of times, but I got to see all the other things on campus."

Williams, a Birmingham native who recently picked up a scholarship offer from the Alabama staff, arrived on Friday with his mother and spent the weekend in Tuscaloosa with the coaches and players before heading back Sunday.

"When I first got there, they showed us where I would be eating lunch and dinner, where I'd be staying, where all of the academic stuff was and things like that," Williams said.

"After that, we met Nick Saban at football practice, and we talked for a little bit. I also met the vice president of (the University of) Alabama on Friday. He was speaking about the new buildings that were opening up on campus."

The 6-foot-7 wing forward wasn't hard to recognize on UA's campus, and although Williams had been to a number of Alabama football games, this was the first time the fans called out his name.

"I've actually been to a lot of games, so I kind of already knew how the game-day experience would be, but it was pretty neat how everybody down there knew my name," Williams said. "All of the students in the student section knew my name. I think it shows that the fans support not just football, but they support every sport."

On his visit, Williams spent the majority of time with Grant and the rest of the Crimson Tide coaching staff, who continued to preach style of play to the three-star athlete and how he would fit in with what they run.

"They were pretty much talking about style of play and how I would fit in well with their style of play," Williams said. "They talked about how I would be playing the four, but it's not really the four because they would have four guards out and one guy in the middle."

The in-state star also spent time with some of the current Alabama players, many of whom he had already met through various AAU tournaments or high school events.

"I hung out with the players Friday night and Saturday night," Williams said. "I hung out with Levi (Randolph), (Rodney) Cooper, Trevor Releford, Trevor Lacey and the new freshman they got from Belgium. They pretty much showed me how it would be if I were to go to Alabama. It was pretty nice. They're all friendly guys, and I fit in well with them."

Williams, who recently narrowed his list to three, plans to visit Arkansas next weekend when the Razorbacks host Auburn in football. He's not sure if he will visit Richmond, his other finalist, but he wants to make a decision before the early signing period in November.

One of the keys for Alabama was to make Williams feel like a priority, and the official visit did just that.
"When you're the only official (visitor) for the weekend, it seems like you're a priority to them, obviously. I thought it went as well as it could go," said Chris Monroe, Williams' AAU coach, who accompanied him on the visit.

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