Troy Williams says Hoosier Hysteria moved Indiana on his list of schools

Troy Williams had heard all the stories about how crazy Hoosier Hysteria was going to be.

His close friend, Stanford Robinson, is already committed to play for the Hoosiers next year, and the two had spoken about the event on occasion.

But when Williams, a highly-touted forward in the 2013 recruiting class, actually stepped foot inside Assembly Hall on Saturday, he was surprised by what he saw.

“I didn’t know that their basketball meant that much to them,” Williams told Inside the Hall on Monday. “It was more people than I thought would show up.

“It was fun. It was a great campus and everything. All the people and all the fans were nice, the kids were nice. If I were to decide to go there, the recruits that are going there next year are real cool too.”

Williams, a 6-foot-7 forward from Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, is the 31st-ranked player in the 2013 class, according to ESPN.com.

He has already taken an official visit to North Carolina this month and his uncle, Boo Williams, said he would likely take another one the weekend of Nov. 17. Boo Williams did not yet know which school will get the third visit.

Troy Williams said Hoosier Hysteria moved Indiana on his list of suitors, but he would not go as far as to say it was better than his visit to North Carolina.

“I wouldn’t say it’s better or worse,” Williams said. “There’s a fan difference as in who likes their basketball more, but I wouldn’t say there’s a difference in how I liked them.”

One of the better parts of the visit, according the Williams, was getting to catch up with friends BeeJay Anya and Robinson. All three are from the East coast, and Williams and Anya remain unsigned.

“It was real fun. It was nice seeing each other again,” Williams said. “We hadn’t seen each since Lebron camp [in July], so that was good.”

  • HoosierExile

    I think his commitment to IU would be huge going forward for future recruits. Boo Williams’s nephew would be huge.

  • CreanAndCrimson

    Hard to believe UNC has an edge on IU when it comes to troy Williams. The atmosphere around Hoosier Hysteria, IU’s hype this season, and Williams’ familiarity with the current and future players at IU all seem to point to WIlliams leaning toward the Cream and Crimson.

  • IUMIKE1

    After much thought I have come to the conclusion that this young man and Noah Vonleh are the two that I would most like to see sign up with us. Have to believe Meeks is not really in the picture at this point. And after even more thought I have also come to the conclusion that none of them would be a downgrade and that CTC knows what is best for IU bball and will make the correct call. However, when the call comes from Coach and he says, whatta ya think Mike, and I’m honest with him about it, I’ve gotta tell him it’s TW & NV.

  • Kelin Blab

    I would agree Noah and Troy should be priority for 2013.

  • ScoopGeoff

    That would be great, but it sounds like uber-homerism to me… This kid didn’t even know that Hoosier fans were passionate about basketball, so how much can he be thinking or talking about us? He lives in ACC country…

    Put yourself in his shoes for a minute… You’re an urban, African-american teenager in a hip-hop sport, living just outside DC. You have offers from

  • CreanFaithful

    Bloomington is not representative of Indiana. It’s liberal, it’s young, diverse in culture and fresh… you may need to visit again to regain some perspective.

  • DarkSouth

    I think you missed ScoopGeoff’s point: he’s hypothetically arguing what Williams may have believed prior to his visit.

  • CreanFaithful

    Admittedly, I just got home from some drinks for Monday night football. After review,i suppose I see what you are saying… but obviously someone from a completely different part of the country, growing up following a different conference in basketball isn’t going to know a whole lot about our program aside from a convincing head coach that he may have heard of before he coached IU. But, I guess my point was that his impression would not be what was described as above after a visit. That doesn’t describe Bloomington in the slightest. So, of course IU is instantly more attractive.

  • CreanFaithful

    Third look. You’re right. I didn’t get it. LOL

  • ScoopGeoff

    Agreed, instantly more attractive after the fact, but to say “hard to believe UNC has an edge on IU…”
    Not for me. It would be the opposite statement for me. Doesn’t mean we don’t have a shot.

  • N71

    Love the attention we’re giving to Troy but what’s the story with Bryant Crawford?

  • SCHoosier

    Probably gonna rests with who is willing to commit first. I agree that Meeks is an NC lean..NV will probably be ready (if his tests are in order) after the first of the year..and Williams says spring. So if Anya comes in before the end of this year and picks IU..don’t believe Crean could or should say no. Wiliams is great..but big men are tougher to find and develop. What I’ve never understood is how does a coach handled the “leftovers”. Does he call them and say “sorry we’re full..good luck”..just stop recruting them or none of the above. That latter doesn’t seem like a good approach to me.

  • SCHoosier

    I think we’re all forgetting that NC remained part of “basketball royalty” during IU’s slide. B eautiful campus..great coach..legendary program…great academics and a solid record of getting players to the pros. The Tarheels are a hell of a lot more than chopped liver…and losing a player to them..while it makes my stomach churn..is certainly not an insult to IU.

  • HoosierTrav

    Agreed. I personally don’t see it happening.but that’s what i think would be the best fit. I think Troy ends up at UNC. I think we land Noah.

  • HoosierTrav

    Just consider the fact that originally he was going to pick either UK or UNC. UNC is still high on his list. Tells me that this is where he has wanted to go. Hoosier Hysteria doesnt always work man. If it did, we would have seen Gary Harris in candy stripes. Troy Williams will not be a Hoosier IMHO. Beejay or Noah or both will.

  • HoosierTrav

    Totally agree. UNC has the edge in this one.

  • HoosierTrav

    Id rather have Noah Vonleh. He’d be our best player as soon as he stepped foot on campus.

  • DarkSouth

    No worries, I’ve frequently wished I’d hidden my phone after posting under the influence here myself.

  • ScoopGeoff

    Exactly. Vonleh is taller than Anya, dominated the boards in the Adidas International tournament, and is by far the most skilled big of any of the guys mentioned in this string.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Arie.Hustle.and.Flow.Friedrich Arie Friedrich

    Great post- UNC is, in my opinion, still the most prestigious program in the country.

    I think the player I’m most anxious to get is Vonleh, all the more so with his reclassification. Troy would be a great next piece, and it would be hard to stay mad for long at “only” getting Anya. He got those HH cheers for a reason, after all.

  • IUMIKE1

    Often wondered about that myself when it comes to those particulars. I’m sure it can be a delicate situation at times cause I’m also sure it wouldn’t take long for it to get back to other prospective recruits if it isn’t handled with a certain degree of integrity. I’d imagine it varies a whole lot from coach to coach.

  • twarrior87

    I’d love to land Troy, but I also think he’s a UNC lean… I really want Vonleh, but I also think Anya is a very important recruit to land. Players like him are hard to come by, just think of what Je’Nay could do with Anya. He would be an absolute beast! His size and presence is something that can’t be taught. I think if we can land Noah and Beejay that would be an excellent combo!

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Even though I don’t drink….I can so relate to you with that statement. Lol

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    Williams will be tough to lure away from UNC. hopefully we will get one of these other big men. i would prefer Vonleh but who knows. anyone think MEEKS will be better than ANYA? I BIG MAN TO KEEP THE 2013 TRAIN A ROLLIN!!

  • Benhyoung14

    You must not be from Indiana. Corn fields, yes. Fact is this post does come off as at least discriminatory. I lived in a small town in Indiana. It wasn’t Hickory, but it was small. We listened to more hard rock(ICP, Slipknot, Korn) and rap than anything. UNC is closer to home. IU got in late. UNC’s recent success. I would agree that he goes to UNC, unless he just thinks IU has a better shot at a NC in 2013-2014.

  • ScoopGeoff

    I didn’t say that was a reality Ben… Come on dude, READ! I said Indiana has a reputation as… Just like Texas has a reputation for certain things and Florida has another rep, and Cali a different one… believe me, I’m from Indiana, played college ball on the east coast, and have a pretty good idea what a variety of demographics’ pre-conceived notions about Indiana are.

    Feel free to let me know who I discriminated against. I didn’t mean to leave anyone out.

  • lug

    You said liberal so I read it as in debt, young, diverse in culture and fresh….you may need to think again what makes a community and it’s “political” stance is not it.

  • marcusgresham

    Anya walked fairly close by us when we were standing in line Saturday. He’s maybe the biggest high school kid I’ve seen, other than fat kids.

  • lug

    Scoop sadly you are correct. Nobody here should have a problem with what you said. Naturally people formulate opinions before becoming fully aware of a situation. This was what you were pointing out and were just tosing out examples. I think you have it nailed.

  • lug

    Scoop sadly you are correct. Nobody here should have a problem with what you said. Naturally people formulate opinions before becoming fully aware of a situation. This was what you were pointing out and were just tosing out examples. I think you have it nailed.

  • CreanFaithful

    I’m not interested in that conversation. Strike liberal and insert forward thinking…

  • twarrior87

    I think they are different types of players. Meeks is a big kid, he has a lot of moves, finesse, and a nice touch on his shot. Anya is more of a beast that uses his body and blocks shots. Meeks will score more points; Anya would be more of a presence on D.

  • skotchie

    Call me what you like but the facts are this for 2013. 14 Scholarships, (see Indiana scholarship numbers) Vonleh, Anya, and Williams equal 17, 4 over the limit. None of the following are factual, Creek doesn’t fully recover. VO, Sheehey, Zeller, or Yogi go to the NBA. Abell or Etherington transfer, Hartman or Davis Jr decomitt or are told after the fact their grades aren’t good enough (see Patterson), or any other goofy senerio y’all keep coming up with.
    I’m not sure where this is all going or how it unfolds, but what I do know is I want to see IU win with the players that bought in to the IU rebuild and got the program where it is today. I’d like to see players stay through their senior year. I hope IU honers the commitments received, and continues to build a TEAM.
    I sat through 10 awfull years of IU basktball, and am thrilled to see where it is today, but seriously there is 1 ball and 5 players at a time, having 5 star players is great, but you also need those support / role players to be a TEAM. Lets not get to greedy, please!
    Or do you want to be UK? I don’t!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/IUMitchell Deon M

    And remember Crean loves guard play. Its rare to get a BIG like Zeller. Once Zeller decide he is done with college basketball and move on. I expect Coach to get back to his 3 guard sets and still run fast.

    All the guys are East Coast guys
    Vonleh, Anya, and Meeks have OSU,IU, UNC, GTown offers.
    Syracuse, Maryland, NC State have there hands out else well.

    Recruiting is bad business. Nothing is in ink yet. We could miss out on all and sign some project name I.Renko.

  • DannerPerea

    The fact that B-town is liberal shouldn’t discourage potential recruits. No campus is perfect.

  • DannerPerea

    Perea.

  • CreanFaithful

    OMG Danner. I tried to squash that… I honestly didn’t mean anything by it. Let’s talk basketball!

  • cbags05

    It’s like listening to an obama speech…none of the numbers add up. Focus on getting 2-4 great ones for 2014 for the love of God. I don’t want this program to overcommit every year and have a bunch of Pattersons that get their hearts ripped out.

  • TJ91

    Crawford has no effect on next years recruiting class

  • ScoopGeoff

    I get what you’re saying, but next years class has only one guy I could even see UK recruiting – Robinson – and I’m not sure he’d get an offer. So the most likely scenarios is we get one of the Meeks, Anya, Vonleh, Williams crowd. Only one of those players is realistically a 1-&-done talent (Vonleh), although I guess Williams could be a 2-&-done. The other 2 are undersized centers who’s skill-set and athleticism don’t translate well to the NBA.

    Having a big class doesn’t have anything to do with being like UK. UK turns over 70% of their roster every 2 years. IU is looking at 2-4 solid players each year with 1-2 immediate impact-type studs.

    The current philosophy isnt to get 3-5 1-&-dones like UK. It is to get the entire roster full of B1G worthy players and to plan for any outcome of your best players leaving. The dust is still settling from the recovery era and we didn’t have any actual results to recruit on until this year. Crean also knows that the players he had on last years roster only get him so far without Zeller… He was worth about 8-10 wins on his own last year. Therefore Crean knows he better have a loaded roster if Zeller leaves. Remember, this is the first year we’ve had quality depth. Last year in blowout wins we saw 4 walk-ons and a freshman on the court. This year it will be Abell, Creek, Etherington, Perea, and Jurkin.

    So I don’t see your UK scenario… Outside of Zeller we don’t have a single sure-fire NBA player on the roster or committed in the next class. We have a bunch of maybes and possiblies… It’s a roster built for NCAA success, not an NBA farm, because most of the better players will be around at least 2 years, but probably 3 or 4.

  • ScoopGeoff

    Ummm last year he spent a lot of time in 3 guard sets (hulls, VJ3, VO) and this year we’ll see a lot as well (Yogi, Hulls, VO, sub in Creek or Abell)

    But he didn’t have the luxury of recruiting the same type of high-level talent at Marquette as he enjoys now. I think the formula he’d prefer is – dominant post (Zeller, Anya), active athletic 4 (Davis, Perea), and then surround them with a bunch of versatile and attacking perimeter scorers of various sizes.

    Zeller (and Anthony Davis) has shown him light, and now he can actually recruit star-calibre size…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1048867326 Miles Noe

    If we had a scholly available we would have had Gary! His mom didnt want him commiting to a school without a scholly available, he even admitted IU was his first choice, but MSU had a scholly and was ready and willing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1048867326 Miles Noe

    If we had a scholly available we would have had Gary! His mom didnt want him commiting to a school without a scholly available, he even admitted IU was his first choice, but MSU had a scholly and was ready and willing.

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