2013 Intro: Mark Williams

  • 06/24/2011 7:52 am in

The Essentials: 6-foot-7, 235-pound forward for Cleveland Benedictine and TNBA Elite

The Schools: Indiana has offered and Akron, Central Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Virginia Tech have expressed interest.

The Leaders: Indiana, with the scholarship offer to Williams last fall at Hoosier Hysteria, is considered to be one of the Ohio native’s early favorites.

The Numbers: 13 points per game at Benedictine, which finished last season with a record of 12-11.

The Ranking: Rivals.com ranks Williams the 67th best prospect in the 2013 class.

The Quote: “The whole experience was great. The tradition speaks volumes. The fans were very involved and everybody loves basketball there. And that’s my love so that place and me, we get along well. The players are cool. It just was a great night. There was a lot of energy in that building.” — Williams to Inside the Hall after last fall’s Hoosier Hysteria.

The Scout Says: “Mark’s body has changed since his freshman year and he has become slimmer and taller. He has solid hands inside and is already a good rebounder and finisher in the paint. He has solid and improving skills. He can score in the low post and can step out to 17 feet and hit face up jumpers. Mark’s a great rebounder. He’s a solid defender in the paint. Solid athlete, good not great.” – ESPN.com on Williams.

The Video:

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  • Anonymous

    With all the wings and guards we seem to be recruiting in 2013 and after, I say this kid sounds like somebody we need to stay after.  The word solid keeps being used to describe him, and we need guys down low to do the dirty work as well.  235 lbs has been his listed weight for a while and he’s just a kid….another inch or 2 and a few extra pounds and this kid could be a beast for us.

  • Anonymous

    I like his intensity, but he looks like a project to me.  I am not a talent evaluator, though.  I think he reminds me of (cringe) Capobianco.  Sorry Bobby. 

  • GFDave

    I’ve changed my mind a little about this player and now I too am a little hesitant about his recruitment.

  • GFDave

    I’ve changed my mind a little about this player and now I too am a little hesitant about his recruitment.

  • Rkharris24

    Impressive video of turn-overs and missed shots.  Looks like a pick-up game at the YMCA.

  • Derbus

    Great, I was not the first to qestion the pursuit of this recruit . . .just do not see the level or caliber of talent to keep us at the level we have now arisen to.  Pass at this point.

  • Derbus

    Great, I was not the first to qestion the pursuit of this recruit . . .just do not see the level or caliber of talent to keep us at the level we have now arisen to.  Pass at this point.

  • Kelin Blab

    What I like about Mark Williams—
    + He shows good footwork
    + More power but with finesse
    + Does not mind contact
    + Can face up and put the ball on the floor well for a big guy
    + A willing rebounder. Watched a couple of clips where he worked around a few blockouts to go after the ball. Kids don’t really do that these days!

    He is young so I know his game will continue to improve, his body will continue to develop. I think with the number of kids we are getting that are versatile and can get to the basket, Mark could compliment them well.

  • Kelin Blab

    What I like about Mark Williams—
    + He shows good footwork
    + More power but with finesse
    + Does not mind contact
    + Can face up and put the ball on the floor well for a big guy
    + A willing rebounder. Watched a couple of clips where he worked around a few blockouts to go after the ball. Kids don’t really do that these days!

    He is young so I know his game will continue to improve, his body will continue to develop. I think with the number of kids we are getting that are versatile and can get to the basket, Mark could compliment them well.

  • Anonymous

    Totally.  Can’t believe all the negative posts above.  It’s not often Alex is able to pass along a more representative video of a potential recruit.  I don’t mind seeing turnovers or missed shots…that makes it more real for me.  Sure Williams tried to dribble a little too much in traffic, but that can be coached and this wasn’t even a high school game to begin with where you have a set offense/plays.

    Bottom line, I read posters complain all the time that Crean is going after too many guards.  The moment we get potential for a beast of a forward, it’s “no thanks.”  Sheesh.  I’d love for him to be our first big off the bench in 2013.  Someone mentioned Zach Randolph…I’ll be a little more realistic and be happy with Marco Killingsworth.     

  • Anonymous

    The first video was very solid, not a fan of highlight reels.  He shows some good things for a young big man:

    – He’s got a feel for how to move and how to score in the post, not a lot of big guys have that anymore. 
    – Good footwork and looks comfortable with his left hand around the basket, again not something that a lot of HS sophmores display.
    – Looks like he has decent passing skills for a big 
    – I agree with Kelin’s points above on power, contact, etc.

    To the turnovers:  He’ll learn how to play in the high post, not a lot of big men are naturals at it (and usually if they are they’re former guards who don’t know how to play in the low post). 

    He’ll get bigger and stronger, he’s only 15/16(?).

  • Derbus

    Get Mitch McGary and stop recruiting for 2012!!!
    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/basketball/mens/news/story?id=6692344
    He IS the FINAL piece to another NCAA National Championship banner hanging in Assembly Hall.  imho, but boy is it ever a strong opinion.

  • Derbus

    Get Mitch McGary and stop recruiting for 2012!!!
    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/basketball/mens/news/story?id=6692344
    He IS the FINAL piece to another NCAA National Championship banner hanging in Assembly Hall.  imho, but boy is it ever a strong opinion.

  • Kelin Blab

    He is only 15/16 that is the scary part. I do also like the willingness to go left and most importantly…I like the fact that he seems to know who he is a BIG MAN/POST. Every kid now above 6’6 wants to be a perimeter player and not play down low anymore.

  • Is he related to David Williams?

  • Anonymous

    I noticed that too, Kelin, which keeps him on my list.  I think part of the reason he doesn’t jump off of the screen for a lot of us is that the team he is playing with looks pretty mediocre.  They need to name their team the Masons.  I bet the facility had to repaint the rims after each of their games.