And then there were two. 2013 small forward Troy Williams has cut his list down to the North Carolina Tar Heels and Kentucky Wildcats. This means Georgetown was cut from his list which has been in the final three phase for the last month after Williams originally kept a pretty large list.
“Georgetown was dropped because they didn’t play my style. They didn’t keep in touch as much as Kentucky and North Carolina,” Williams, out of Phoebus (VA), told NationofBlue.com by text Tuesday night.
Carolina has been recruiting Williams since the beginning. On many occasions he has praised coach Roy Williams and spoken fondly of the teams style of play and tradition. Tuesday served as Kentucky’s official max exodus to the NBA, keeping their one and done tradition alive. I’ve paid very close attention to the 2013 recruiting class for quite some time due to it’s girth of talent and potential for a big bang in Carolina.
Nate Britt and Isiah Hicks were Tar Heels from the beginning and committed almost before anyone had time to speculate on their futures. Julius Randle is a player to me that looks like a Tar Heel. UNC has been in on Randle since the beginning as well and he and Roy have a good relationship.
Of the SFs in the class I don’t see Carolina signing two high profile 2013 players at that position. They have offered both Williams and top recruit Jabari Parker. UNC is very deep on the perimeter in 2012 and that won’t change in 2013. Even with Dexter Strickland graduating the Heels will have plenty on the wings. JP Tokoto probably won’t get a ton of minutes and will primed for a breakout sophomore season, similar to James Michael McAdoo this coming season.
Gut feeling again here, weighing the two against one another, Parker seems like a Tar Heel a little more than Williams. I like Troy Williams a lot, but some of the comments he has made make me lean towards the belief that he will ultimately be a Wildcat. I talked about his rumored desire to join Parker and Randle on one team.
I’d love to be wrong here and see Troy commit to UNC sooner rather than later. With strong recruits already secured at the PG and PF positions, getting a big time wing would go a long way towards completing an elite class. Tuesday’s news that Williams cut his list for the second time in a little over a month, and Carolina has been included both times is good. That the race is down to its final two and we’re still on the list is fantastic. My gut just tells me Williams to Kentucky, an undetermined amount of time in between and a Julius Randle, Jabari Parker UNC caper on the 2013 class.
According to Troy we’ll find out his decision soon enough.
“I have no clue as far as a decision yet, but I know it will be between now and May,” he said.
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