Williams family talks IU decision

Many Indiana fans were surprised at the news early last evening that David Williams, a 6-7 wing from Jacksonville (FL), had given a verbal commitment to the Hoosiers. Despite averaging 21 points, 11 rebounds and six assists as a junior this past season, Williams was a virtual unknown nationally. We caught up with his father, Dwight, to learn more about the first addition to the 2010 class.

On his son’s decision to commit to Indiana:

“He was recently offered, but we had been in communications with Indiana since July. Roshown McLeod coached him last summer and Coach Crean hired McLeod to be an assistant coach and my son really, really liked two things: Indiana and he had a good relationship with Coach McLeod. He did all of his research, so this wasn’t a hasty decision. He knows a lot about the physical therapist program in which he wants to study. We went on the Web Site and researched the school. We know it’s cold up in that area (laughs). Everything that it offered was good. We looked at some games on the TV last season. So this was not they came to see him one time and he made a hasty decision. It was well thought out with David and the entire family.”

Thoughts on the distance from Jacksonville to Bloomington and being able to watch his son play in college:

“We’re gonna be there. As long as they have planes, we’re going to be there. It’s a very, very historical institution as far as basketball and it’s very prestigious as far as academics. We gave up convenience, but we felt in the long run, it would benefit our son.”

On David on the court versus David off the court:

“He is a very different person on and off the court. He’s intense, he’ll give you 110 percent, he works hard at practice, but he knows how to relax and have fun.”

(Photo credit: Rivals.com)

  • Brent

    welcome to Bloomington David, your going to love it there cold or not! not only during school but after you leave the program there is just so much support in the IU family…can't wait til you get there…Coach is putting together a great team that will contend for championships very soon!

  • Brent

    welcome to Bloomington David, your going to love it there cold or not! not only during school but after you leave the program there is just so much support in the IU family…can't wait til you get there…Coach is putting together a great team that will contend for championships very soon!

  • Brent

    welcome to Bloomington David, your going to love it there cold or not! not only during school but after you leave the program there is just so much support in the IU family…can't wait til you get there…Coach is putting together a great team that will contend for championships very soon!

  • Kelin Blab

    David not only will you love Indiana, we will love you…
    Glad to see you did your homework, IU is a great school on and off the court

  • Kelin Blab

    David not only will you love Indiana, we will love you…
    Glad to see you did your homework, IU is a great school on and off the court

  • Kelin Blab

    David not only will you love Indiana, we will love you…
    Glad to see you did your homework, IU is a great school on and off the court

  • Hardwood83

    The more I learn about him the more I like. It's a little irritating everyone went apoplectic immediately because he's not on 'the list' but I am comfortable he'll be a fine addition to the IU family.

  • Hardwood83

    The more I learn about him the more I like. It's a little irritating everyone went apoplectic immediately because he's not on 'the list' but I am comfortable he'll be a fine addition to the IU family.

  • Hardwood83

    The more I learn about him the more I like. It's a little irritating everyone went apoplectic immediately because he's not on 'the list' but I am comfortable he'll be a fine addition to the IU family.

  • DJ

    Here's a list of 5 star recruits over the past few years: Brian Zoubek, Donte Green, Beas Hamaga, Greg Paulus, Jamelle Horne. Now a list of unranked guys: Marcus Landry, Russell Westbrook, BJ Raymond, Derrick Brown. And there were probably more that were unranked as juniors that shot up the chart as seniors. I trust Coach Crean. David seems like a good kid from a good family, an excellent student, has good size, and plays for an excellent AAU program.

  • DJ

    Here's a list of 5 star recruits over the past few years: Brian Zoubek, Donte Green, Beas Hamaga, Greg Paulus, Jamelle Horne. Now a list of unranked guys: Marcus Landry, Russell Westbrook, BJ Raymond, Derrick Brown. And there were probably more that were unranked as juniors that shot up the chart as seniors. I trust Coach Crean. David seems like a good kid from a good family, an excellent student, has good size, and plays for an excellent AAU program.

  • DJ

    Here's a list of 5 star recruits over the past few years: Brian Zoubek, Donte Green, Beas Hamaga, Greg Paulus, Jamelle Horne. Now a list of unranked guys: Marcus Landry, Russell Westbrook, BJ Raymond, Derrick Brown. And there were probably more that were unranked as juniors that shot up the chart as seniors. I trust Coach Crean. David seems like a good kid from a good family, an excellent student, has good size, and plays for an excellent AAU program.

  • tg1438

    It's too early to tell if this is a good signing from a basketball standpoint, but the one thing I really like about the signing is that Crean is taking a chance on a GOOD kid. Where a previous man in denim shirt, took chances on kids with sketchy pasts. If you are going to take a risk on a late bloomer who could potentially help the program it's nice to know that if it doesn't work out he won't get in trouble, or throw potted plants, and he'll stay and get a great education.

  • tg1438

    It's too early to tell if this is a good signing from a basketball standpoint, but the one thing I really like about the signing is that Crean is taking a chance on a GOOD kid. Where a previous man in denim shirt, took chances on kids with sketchy pasts. If you are going to take a risk on a late bloomer who could potentially help the program it's nice to know that if it doesn't work out he won't get in trouble, or throw potted plants, and he'll stay and get a great education.

  • MillaRed

    The kid will add character and boost the team GPA. The jury is out on his ability and we'll leave that to the coaches.

    We all have played one sport or another and a great team needs all types. Leadership, role models, role players, a team-first attitude. A lot of those traits come with intelligence, and Williams seems to have that going for him.

    We're gonna love him. I have no doubt about it.

  • MillaRed

    The kid will add character and boost the team GPA. The jury is out on his ability and we'll leave that to the coaches.

    We all have played one sport or another and a great team needs all types. Leadership, role models, role players, a team-first attitude. A lot of those traits come with intelligence, and Williams seems to have that going for him.

    We're gonna love him. I have no doubt about it.

  • MillaRed

    The kid will add character and boost the team GPA. The jury is out on his ability and we'll leave that to the coaches.

    We all have played one sport or another and a great team needs all types. Leadership, role models, role players, a team-first attitude. A lot of those traits come with intelligence, and Williams seems to have that going for him.

    We're gonna love him. I have no doubt about it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ben-Young/1199847156 Ben Young

    I read somewhere that McLoed was involved with his AAU team. So we have a lot better idea as to how good he is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ben-Young/1199847156 Ben Young

    I read somewhere that McLoed was involved with his AAU team. So we have a lot better idea as to how good he is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ben-Young/1199847156 Ben Young

    I read somewhere that McLoed was involved with his AAU team. So we have a lot better idea as to how good he is.

  • student

    Another review of Williams:
    http://insider.espn.go.com/ncb/recruiting/track

  • student

    Another review of Williams:
    http://insider.espn.go.com/ncb/recruiting/track

  • student

    Another review of Williams:
    http://insider.espn.go.com/ncb/recruiting/track

  • GFDave

    Thanks for the link.

    A 6' 7″ lefty that scores slashing to the rim. A good athlete and rebounder. Plays on an excellent AAU team. A good student with a solid family behind him. What's not to like?

    If he develops a jumper and plays tough D he sounds like a kid that will get minutes. We haven't had many true slashing small forwards under the last two regimes and now Crean has recruited two, Watford and Williams, in the span of about a year. I like it.

  • GFDave

    Thanks for the link.

    A 6' 7″ lefty that scores slashing to the rim. A good athlete and rebounder. Plays on an excellent AAU team. A good student with a solid family behind him. What's not to like?

    If he develops a jumper and plays tough D he sounds like a kid that will get minutes. We haven't had many true slashing small forwards under the last two regimes and now Crean has recruited two, Watford and Williams, in the span of about a year. I like it.

  • GFDave

    Thanks for the link.

    A 6' 7″ lefty that scores slashing to the rim. A good athlete and rebounder. Plays on an excellent AAU team. A good student with a solid family behind him. What's not to like?

    If he develops a jumper and plays tough D he sounds like a kid that will get minutes. We haven't had many true slashing small forwards under the last two regimes and now Crean has recruited two, Watford and Williams, in the span of about a year. I like it.

  • JerryCT

    “As long as they have planes, we’re going to be there.”………I love these people already

    and

    As long as David plays/practices hard, team ball and graduates …………I love him too

  • JerryCT

    “As long as they have planes, we’re going to be there.”………I love these people already

    and

    As long as David plays/practices hard, team ball and graduates …………I love him too

  • JerryCT

    “As long as they have planes, we’re going to be there.”………I love these people already

    and

    As long as David plays/practices hard, team ball and graduates …………I love him too

  • southsidehitmen

    I tend to think the rankings systems are a little over-rated. Not to say they're not valuable, but c'mon it isn't the end all be all. Only two schools offered Dwayne Wade a scholarship – Illinois State and Marquette under Crean.

    Obviously this kid isn't going to be Dwayne Wade, but just because the consensus is he isn't a great player doesn't mean he won't turn out to be a solid pickup.

  • southsidehitmen

    I tend to think the rankings systems are a little over-rated. Not to say they're not valuable, but c'mon it isn't the end all be all. Only two schools offered Dwayne Wade a scholarship – Illinois State and Marquette under Crean.

    Obviously this kid isn't going to be Dwayne Wade, but just because the consensus is he isn't a great player doesn't mean he won't turn out to be a solid pickup.

  • southsidehitmen

    I tend to think the rankings systems are a little over-rated. Not to say they're not valuable, but c'mon it isn't the end all be all. Only two schools offered Dwayne Wade a scholarship – Illinois State and Marquette under Crean.

    Obviously this kid isn't going to be Dwayne Wade, but just because the consensus is he isn't a great player doesn't mean he won't turn out to be a solid pickup.

  • southsidehitmen

    I tend to think the rankings systems are a little over-rated. Not to say they're not valuable, but c'mon it isn't the end all be all. Only two schools offered Dwayne Wade a scholarship – Illinois State and Marquette under Crean.

    Obviously this kid isn't going to be Dwayne Wade, but just because the consensus is he isn't a great player doesn't mean he won't turn out to be a solid pickup.

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