Hoosiers in the mix for Alabama guard Nick Williams

  • 04/15/2008 1:31 pm in

th_23666_recruiting_122_1173lo.jpgNick Williams, who originally signed with Marquette last fall, is reportedly considering the Hoosiers after being released from his Letter of Intent.

Tom Crean played a big part in bringing Williams to Milwaukee, but after Crean left for IU, Williams asked for and was granted his release.

Williams is also said to be considering Arkansas and visited Fayetteville this past weekend. Williams is 6-4, 215 lbs and is ranked the No. 145 player in the 2008 class by Rivals.com. He’s from LeFlore high school in Mobile, Alabama and was named the 6A player of the year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.

Normally coaches do not pursue recruits that committed to their former school, but the interest in Indiana was reportedly sparked by Williams having a desire to play for Crean. Shortly after Crean’s departure, here’s what Williams told the Alabama Press Register:

“We were surprised by the news. It’s a great school, but coach Crean was the guy I wanted to play for and it didn’t turn out that way.”

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  • hoosier07

    We need a guy like him. A solid guard who will stay at least 3 years. Hopefully he follows Coach Crean… DEVIN EBANKS PLEASE STAY!!!

  • myrddin

    This is what I don't understand–people seem excited that this kid might be following Coach Crean here . . . are these the same people that would bash kids like Vaden, Bassett and Ellis for trying to be loyal to their coach? The same people that say if X kid was here for Sampson and might want to transfer then we never wanted them here anyway? Good riddance, don't let the door hit you in the *** on the way out?

    Williams doesn't sound like he cares about Indiana University specifically, he just wants to play for Coach Crean. Isn't that tantamount to heresy in Hoosier country?

    Just wanted to get that off my chest. I hope the kid comes, is a solid contributor and gets a good education.

  • cojames

    I could be wrong on this but I thought that recruits could not or were not allowed to be released from their LOI if they intended on following the coach to another university? I believe I previously read something about this, so I thought I'd get a little clarification. With that said I believe that he would be a valuable contributor for a few years and a great sign for Crean with this year's weak incoming class.

  • SteveEyl

    Seems a little different:
    -IU kids can't go play for KS. He's not a college coach.
    -The kid did never played for MU
    -I think people are mad more at the fact that some of these guys appeared to quit on the team and, as more facts come out, they just seem kinda like bitchass whiny bitchy-bitches. I think if a kid plays hard and then decides, after the season, that his heart's not in it and he wants to transfer, it's a different deal.

  • Sounds like IU is in really good shape with Williams. Early signing period begins tomorrow, FYI.

  • myrddin

    That's why I included Vaden in my example. He got dumped on plenty. No, I've heard a lot of sentiment from IU fans that if you care more about the coach than the University, then you're not IU material and good riddance. It just always struck me as strange how that doesn't seem to apply to incoming recruits . . . when they end up coming. So for now the WIlliams story is all well and good and no one cares that he is only here for Crean. Ok, but you and I both know how long that principle will last . . . wait and see the reaction if Crawford or Holman transfers. I hope they don't, I hope they all stay, but you know a variety of fans will turn on them if they go. But again, it's ok for WIlliams to come only because of Crean and it doesn't matter that he had committed to the school of Marquette.

  • tberry

    I know the schools typically won't release a player to transfer within their conference but I thought they could go to any other school. If anyone knows for sure, please clarify.

  • Well as for players that follow coachs you can look at it many different ways. Look at DJ White. He wasn't there for Indiana….he was there for Mike Davis, but weather it was the injuries or the fact he would have to sit out a year to transfer or what ever it was…..he grew an appriciation for Indiana Basketball. Where as Ellis was a negative cancer on the team once his coach left. KS and Ellis had deep ties prior to him comming to IU. I don't know its hard to say.
    When you have a team with four players doing individual work outs I would like to see him come here. I think it would make up for the loss of Holloway. Crean's offense from what I see favors the gaurd spot so the deeper more talented guards we have the better.
    It is going to be really interesting how this signing period ends. I would like to get Williams. It would be nice to get 6-10 Ben Eze.Josh Harrelson would be a nice pick up at 6-9 (a Juco with 3 years left). Somebody mentioned a guy at 7-0 that was interested in IU, but I have yet to get his name. I also think Bassett will be back on the team.

    Bassett
    Crawford
    McGee
    Ben Eze
    Holman

    Taber
    Roth
    Williams
    Pritchard
    Harrelson
    Jones

    That wouldn't be that bad of a roster.

  • Kelin Blab

    I know signing day is tomorrow and it would be nice for IU to get some good news. It would be really nice.

  • bbfan

    It is entirely up to the University whether to release a player from his LOI, for any reason. Williams committed to MU because of Crean. MU, in good conscience, cannot hold him to his LOI, when Crean leaves. Most big-time recruits play at a particular school for the coach. Marginal players (Elston) stay at home and play at their University.

  • xxZPxx

    Elston is a 4-star and climbing up the rankings….hardly marginal.

  • bbfan

    It is entirely up to the University whether to release a player from his LOI, for any reason. Williams committed to MU because of Crean. MU, in good conscience, cannot hold him to his LOI, when Crean leaves. Most big-time recruits play at a particular school for the coach. Marginal players (Elston) stay at home and play at their University.

  • xxZPxx

    Elston is a 4-star and climbing up the rankings….hardly marginal.