Troy Williams enjoying attention following IU commitment

Since his verbal commitment to Indiana last Sunday afternoon, Troy Williams says he has been feeling the love from Indiana fans on Twitter.

“It’s like non-stop hype,” Williams told Inside the Hall via text on Sunday. “I love it though. It means they’re really a basketball state and I like that.”

It’s the “hype” surrounding the IU basketball program that convinced Williams to commit to play for the Hoosiers next season. Williams said that before he visited for Hoosier Hysteria on Oct. 19, IU was only a member of his top three (with North Carolina and Louisville).

“But that had a lot of impact on me after that,” Williams said.

Ultimately, though, Williams said it was his relationship with Tom Crean that pushed IU above the other suitors. Even though the Hoosiers didn’t start recruiting Williams until July, Crean managed to make a strong impact in a short time.

“I got along with him better than I did with [North Carolina] coach Roy [Williams],” he said. “Plus, he didn’t just tell me what I was good at but also what I can improve on and more.”

Williams has had a strong start to his senior season for Oak Hill Academy, scoring 21, 28 and 18 points in his first three games. But the 6-foot-7 forward knows there are areas in which he must improve before he gets to the collegiate level.

“Shooting and defense,” Williams said. “That’s the two I wanna improve on.”

Williams also said he has a strong relationship with 2013 target Noah Vonleh, the 8th-ranked player in the class, according to ESPN.com.

As to whether Williams’ relationship with Vonleh scores the Hoosiers another commitment, that remains to be seen.

“I’m not sure [whether he’ll commit],” Williams said. “He just might.”

  • HoosierGrad07

    Also at work on that glorious day! Couldn’t stream due to stupid firewalls, just had to keep updating the IndyStar blog until Hutchins let me know the great news!

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.williamson.90 Charles Williamson

    yep, he was there 97 and 98 before going to UNLV for 1 year. He was a beast, aggressive getting rebounds and driving. I think his demeanor didnt match his game. It seemed like he was getting 25 pts/15 rebs per game, a few blocks, steals and assists. He also owned an unique shot.

  • SCHoosier

    I loved the guy too..but when it got to the point of “Do as I say..not as I do”..and embarassing IU on national TV about every other news conference I jumped ship. That still doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to see his name on the court…but I’m not sure he’s man enuff to be the man on this. issue. Hope so.

  • Mel Piepho

    What’s the real reason?

  • unclekerfuffle

    When you look at the big picture and history of Indiana basketball, we have been very fortunate to have some outstanding coaches. I’m not just talking about winning records but rather men who understood and nurtured the culture of academics, sportsmanship and ethics.

    Throughout the years men like Everett Dean, Branch McCracken, Bob Knight and, yes, Mike Davis, were coaches who placed value the characteristics that make Indiana basketball something to be proud of. Coach Crean understood that when he said, “It’s Indiana.”

    I hope that he will have many decades of success as the Hoosier coach and adds both to the tradition of high ideals like many of his predecessors and to their cumulative banner count.

    It’s always been good to be a Hoosier but now is a very special time in our history.

  • unclekerfuffle

    When you look at the big picture and history of Indiana basketball, we have been very fortunate to have some outstanding coaches. I’m not just talking about winning records but rather men who understood and nurtured the culture of academics, sportsmanship and ethics.

    Throughout the years men like Everett Dean, Branch McCracken, Bob Knight and, yes, Mike Davis, were coaches who placed value the characteristics that make Indiana basketball something to be proud of. Coach Crean understood that when he said, “It’s Indiana.”

    I hope that he will have many decades of success as the Hoosier coach and adds both to the tradition of high ideals like many of his predecessors and to their cumulative banner count.

    It’s always been good to be a Hoosier but now is a very special time in our history.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I could not agree more. Very well stated indeed

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I could not agree more. Very well stated indeed

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    It was becoming a three ring circus and less about basketball. Indiana was stale and the media was circling over him waiting for the day his tenure at IU keeled over. Recruits were not enthralled anymore. It was time to close that door. Indiana went through its rebound relationships and even suffered through another messy divorce, but now is back and stronger than ever. The fans….well…..they are stronger for it as well. Proud, but less prideful. Kentucky fans did not learn from their trevails in the early 90’s. Their day is coming soon, but Indiana fans take nothing for granted these days. With that mindset it makes everything taste so much sweeter, and mean s much more. Dang proud to be a Hoosier. Nothing could be better.

  • Remy Willing and Abell

    THE REAL ASSEMBLY HALL ….you do realize that of the 47 comments on here , that you have 17 of them ….calm down son .

  • Patty Williams

    I’m happy to see my son so happy. I pray that you all (coaching staff, school, and fans) take care of my only child. Indiana is a long ways away from Hampton, Va and I don’t fly that often. My son always puts his ALL into whatever he does, so I know he will be a powerful impact at Indiana U.

  • Ben Ancelet

    I assure you that he’ll be treated very well. It has been said that basketball is a religion in Indiana and I certainly agree with that statement. Your son will be a part of something that is near and dear to every Hoosiers’ heart. We stand behind our young men that give so much of their blood, sweat, and tears to our program. He’s coming to play in front of the best fanbase in the country. I think I can speak for all Hoosier fans when I say we’re looking forward to seeing him suit up in the Cream and Crimson.

  • lug

    Thanks for taking the time to post. Troy will be in good hands from what I have experienced it is a family environment. I am not close to Bloomington myself but have been lucky enough to run into Coach Crean a couple of times and the way he was with my kids is something we will remember forever as he made it special for us. I speak for many Hoosiers by saying that we are looking forward to him playing for the Hoosiers and hope he has a strong year this year as he has some fun left to have yet in high school. We are gonna love him. Thanks again for stopping by.

  • marcusgresham

    You’re sending your son to a fanbase that understands, appreciates, and loves basketball. It’s also a fanbase that is proud of the fact that the talent of the team is not accumulated by accepting inferiority on the academic side.
    Guys who barely left the bench are still revered by us; Troy’s probably going to be legendary.

  • marcusgresham

    I’ve probably made more jokes about IU football than anyone, but none of them are because of Coach Wilson. That dude rocks, and if he can be convinced to stay I think he’s going to finally manage to make this a solid program.

  • marcusgresham

    I’ve probably made more jokes about IU football than anyone, but none of them are because of Coach Wilson. That dude rocks, and if he can be convinced to stay I think he’s going to finally manage to make this a solid program.

  • marcusgresham

    I couldn’t stream it at work either. That’s why I snuck out and went home to watch it.

  • marcusgresham

    For all of Mike Davis’ foibles, I will always appreciate that he actually said out loud that he hates Kentucky.

  • marcusgresham

    That’s always going to be Branch McCracken Court….however, if he can ever get over whatever it is he’s holding onto, they’d gladly name the damn building after him.

  • chip

    along with the fans and coaching staff, the students are absolutely THRILLED to have troy headed to IU. coach crean is family-oriented and – more importantly – a man of faith. troy is going to love bloomington and will more than likely leave here with some very fond memories, along a network of alums that will forever appreciate him playing for IU. as someone else has already noted, we love our basketball and adore the players who represent the hoosiers. we hope that you can in fact visit as frequently as possible. the university and basketball program are second to none. we are extremely honored your son decided to bring his talents to the school. he is in good hands. thank you so much for your post!

  • chip

    along with the fans and coaching staff, the students are absolutely THRILLED to have troy headed to IU. coach crean is family-oriented and – more importantly – a man of faith. troy is going to love bloomington and will more than likely leave here with some very fond memories, along a network of alums that will forever appreciate him playing for IU. as someone else has already noted, we love our basketball and adore the players who represent the hoosiers. we hope that you can in fact visit as frequently as possible. the university and basketball program are second to none. we are extremely honored your son decided to bring his talents to the school. he is in good hands. thank you so much for your post!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daren-Patrick-Collentine/1498325427 Daren Patrick Collentine

    We are all very excited to see Troy play for the Hoosiers next year. This team is like a big family and now he is officially part of it as are you. I’m glad that you got on here to connect with the fans. Your son made a good choice and it never hurts to add another intelligent player to the team. (must be good parenting) Thanks for supporting this decision that he will never regret.

  • SCHoosier

    Hey “mom”..thanks for joining the discussion. Your son is in great hands with both the coaches and the academic advisers. Great to have Troy and his family as part of the Hoosier Nation.

  • SCHoosier

    Hey “mom”..thanks for joining the discussion. Your son is in great hands with both the coaches and the academic advisers. Great to have Troy and his family as part of the Hoosier Nation.

  • Randy Salway

    the hoosier nation has a tremendous amount of love and respect for indiana players, both current and past. so many hoosier fans can recite every player on each of the past years’ rosters as if they played just yesterday. thousands of kids will be outside dribbling their basketballs on their driveways and pretending to be troy williams…he will be an idol. these same kids will grow older and will one day share stories with their grandkids of the great teams that have played inside assembly hall…and troy williams will be a name that is used in every household across this state and beyond. your son will become a legend…and he will always be loved and never forgotten in the state of indiana…and the nation of hoosiers. thanks for your post, patty…and welcome to the family.

  • Randy Salway

    the hoosier nation has a tremendous amount of love and respect for indiana players, both current and past. so many hoosier fans can recite every player on each of the past years’ rosters as if they played just yesterday. thousands of kids will be outside dribbling their basketballs on their driveways and pretending to be troy williams…he will be an idol. these same kids will grow older and will one day share stories with their grandkids of the great teams that have played inside assembly hall…and troy williams will be a name that is used in every household across this state and beyond. your son will become a legend…and he will always be loved and never forgotten in the state of indiana…and the nation of hoosiers. thanks for your post, patty…and welcome to the family.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Thank YOU, ma’am, for raising a very talented son. He’ll have a bright future with his skills. And it’s always an honor to see excellent players be enthusiastic about IU.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Yes, This.

    Not to reopen a wound, but that’s the reason Sampson has become so reviled: He let himself be the antithesis of what Indiana stands for.

    Knight had his players be polite and excellent citizens (I can’t forget one restauranteur – establishment now closed – gushing about how humble Calbert Cheaney was, and how she appreciated that). Davis’s reign was much less so, but I still recall meeting several players and seeing how nice they were in person, AJ Moye and Jeff Newton especially. But Sampson… he introduced a sickness that ate at the heart of what being a Hoosier player was all about. And THAT’s why he’s Personae Non Gratae at IU. As bad and painful as they were, the NCAA rule violations were not the thing that gnawed at the fanbase; it was the character of the program in the wake of his leaving. Gordon’s statements about drug use, Dakich’s and Crean’s having to dismiss players, the revelation about the team’s grades… all of that added up to a program that had ejected the values all coaches before had instilled. And had shown that he was turning Hoosier basketball into Just Another Damn Program.

    That was intolerable. Eject the motion offense, eject the man defense, but don’t eject the essential character.

    With Crean however, IU seems to be regaining that special character it had in the past. The program is not just winning now, but it’s got players to be proud of. Players who are getting their degrees, and who are Doing It Right. That’s what was missing after Knight left. Davis, as good hearted a man as he was, simply took that aspect of the program for granted and let the program coast on momentum; despite that, he still got some good charactered players (again, Moye). But Sampson ground it into the ground with his heel. Crean is fixing the damage and restoring the program. And that’s a wonderful thing to see.

    Yes, Indiana’s been lucky. It’s precisely that history and tradition that’s allowed IU to start recovering from that dark period. Thank goodness the administration got it right with Crean and the program’s back where it should be.

  • IUMIKE1

    Call it a parent thing, but I just have a strong feeling (and Troy just seems like the kind of young man smart enough to listen to his mom) that you had more than the usual amount of input when it came time for him to make his decision, so thank you ever so much. I do not have a son playing for Coach Crean, but if I did have a son looking for a coach to play for at this level it would for sure be Coach Crean. I said that to myself the first time I met him, and he wasn’t even the coach at IU at that time. He made that much of an impression on me and I am as diehard IU as there is but, as you well know, when it comes to one’s children it is all about what is best for THE CHILD and everything else comes after that, a concept that Coach Crean understands, and more importantly believes in very much. Coach Crean had no idea who I was the first time I met him, but took the time to not only talk to myself and my friend for more than 45 minutes but also introduced us to his assistant coaches and some of his players that happen to be there as well. Heck he even had his assistant coach take the pictures so that my friend and I could be in the picture with him at the same time, also told us that he would take as many pictures of the three of us as we wanted. When after about 15 or 20 minutes we told him that we knew he was a busy man and we wouldn’t take up any more of his time his response was, ” aren’t you guys from Indiana, you guys are from Indiana and don’t want to keep talking bball ? ” We told him we were just trying to be courteous, his reply to that was, ” I’ve almost always got time to talk bball ” I know I am biased but IMHO your son could not be in better hands and that goes for when he is off the court as well as when he is on it.

    P.S. The one dislike that is there is either, a) someone that was in such a rush to hit the ” like ‘ button that they accidentally hit the dislike button and wasn’t able to remove it or, b) a troll from some other school that is just jealous that he isn’t going to be playing for their team and instead has to worry about what it’s going to be like to have to watch him dunk all over their team.

  • IUMIKE1

    Ditto that.

  • IUMIKE1

    Was running a business with my wife at the time and was streaming it as well. When he told everyone that he was choosing the Hoosiers I jumped up so high and quickly and let out a scream so loud that it almost scared my wife out of here chair. Kinda blew the hell out of the statement I made earlier on when I denied being on the internet when asked if that was what I was doing. lol

  • IUMIKE1

    I’m sure if you looked in the employee handbook you would have found that something as important as that would have been an excused absence.

  • IUMIKE1

    I’m sure if you looked in the employee handbook you would have found that something as important as that would have been an excused absence.

  • HoosurDaddy

    Ms Williams I am happy that IU has made your son so happy and I hope it is a ongoing thing! As a Hoosier fan I am nothing but overjoyed that your only son has graced our basketball team in deciding to come to IU.
    Troy keep your head up and be strong the transition isnt easy and there could be days of downward thinking but always remember your a Hoosier now and as such we all support/love you!

    What you will see as a Hoosier will be amazing! I hope you soak it all up and not just let it pass you by for it will be something you look back on with a smile!

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Sorry, lol. Guess I will go play on the other side of the room by myself? (Joke) You probably spent more time counting my posts than I actually did making them. I can’t help it man. I just get so excited and always want to talk Indiana Basketball when I have the free time to do it because I have to work so many hours. My wife cares nothing about basketball and my two daughters aren’t old enough to understand. This is all I have really. I will try and pull back more often. The last thing I want to do is come off the wrong way. My apologies

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Sorry, lol. Guess I will go play on the other side of the room by myself? (Joke) You probably spent more time counting my posts than I actually did making them. I can’t help it man. I just get so excited and always want to talk Indiana Basketball when I have the free time to do it because I have to work so many hours. My wife cares nothing about basketball and my two daughters aren’t old enough to understand. This is all I have really. I will try and pull back more often. The last thing I want to do is come off the wrong way. My apologies

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I am a very small voice in a huge following but let me say it is a privilege to respond to your comment. We are blessed to have your son coming to IU to further his academics and help our dreams as Hoosier basketball fans come true. May all the best things in life come to your son. Well done to you in raising a fine young man who has put the work in to be successful at something he loves. I will enjoy watching him play for years to come. Thank you and welcome!!

    P.S. Hopefully it will work out so his friend Noah could join him at Indiana and they can live the next steps of their lives together. What an amazing story that would be. :-)

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I was surrounded by Kentucky fans. Despite their arrogance and unwillingness at any moment to ever give Indiana any credit, they did not look very happy that he chose Indiana.

  • skotchie

    I feel honored and humbled that you took the time to address
    our forum Patty. For me you just added a personal touch that sent a wave of positive
    emotion through me that I can’t really explain. IU basketball is returning to
    the spotlight because high quality individuals, young men, and their families
    (current) and new such as you are returning to the fold. Thank you for putting
    your trust in Indiana.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dennis-Mamelson/100000827970546 Dennis Mamelson

    How neat of you to write, Patty. Hoosier Hospitality is no accident. It is an identity that has been well earned. Indiana University basketball was the first sport I ever knew that existed … 59 years ago … and it is still so dear to my heart. I once wrote to Bob Knight saying as long as he recruits fine young men who are good basketball players i would always support him. Looks like Tom Crean has brought in another fine young man in your son. I like that he is “so happy”, the happiness shows on your smiling face and I am happy he chose to play for my beloved Hoosiers. The beauty of the IU campus has no equal, Bloomington is a wonderful town, and I have a feeling Troy will be well taken care of when he arrives.

  • http://www.facebook.com/doug.wilson.9404 Doug Wilson

    Troy???? The Glory of Ol’ IU will look after him. I respect the fact that you took the time to come onto ITH and address us fans personally. What an Honor Miss Williams. Thank You!

  • Patty Williams

    You all are so nice and mannerly. Is this too true to believe that people are still respectful to a “MOM?” I believe you all (FANS +) will take care of my baby….he’s not a momma’s boy by no means, but he will always be my baby. He also told me to stay off of the blogs…..lol!!! Don’t tell on me shhhhhhhh!!! I do enjoy all of you and thank you for your kind comments…#HOOSIERSMOM#5

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