Troy’s Story

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Troy and his mom, Patty

Troy and his mom, Patty

The transfer to Oak Hill has been everything Troy’s family had hoped it would be. It’s forced him to live on his own for a year before college while learning to deal with the stressful demands of both school and basketball.

“I love it now,” Troy says. “Even though living at Oak Hill’s a struggle, I like it. You live on campus, you’ve got times we gotta be at practice. Coach Smith almost treats us like an NBA team. He’ll give us a specific time and expect us to be there.”

Troy Williams is hardly the first talented player with a bright future to play basketball at Oak Hill. Smith has coached a long list of NBA players, such as Jerry Stackhouse, Carmelo Anthony, Josh Smith, Rajon Rondo and Troy’s favorite player, Kevin Durant, just to name a few.

And while Troy still has work to do on his jump shot — he’s shooting only 24 percent from beyond the arc this season — he has the potential to be just as good as any of the players that have come before him.

“Athletically, he’s as gifted as anybody I’ve ever had,” Smith says. “If he can get his shot to be a little bit more consistent, he could play with just about anybody I’ve ever coached here. Guys like Stackhouse, Carmelo, Kevin Durant, Stephen Jackson — those guys all shot it a little better than he did, but he does everything else comparable with all of those guys.”

Through 24 games this season, Troy is averaging 16 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 2.4 blocks per game. He’s shooting 51.4 percent from the field and 69 percent from the foul line. Troy isn’t that little unorthodox kid anymore. He’s the best player at one of the nation’s top high schools.

“He’s our leading scorer, he’s our leading rebounder, he’s our leading shot blocker,” Smith says. “He’s our MVP right now.”

Now, Troy is getting ready for the next chapter in his life. In just a few months, he’ll finish up his coursework at Oak Hill, say goodbye to coach Smith and his family, and move 742 miles to Bloomington, Ind. to start his career as a Hoosier.

While Troy will be playing for his future when he gets to Indiana, there’s little chance he will forget about his past. In Troy’s eyes, everything he’s gone through has been necessary to get him to where he is now.

As for his family, well, they believe Indiana is where Troy belongs.

“I think it was a blessing,” Patty says. “It was God-send. Troy is so happy now. That’s all I ever wanted.”

  • marcusgresham

    Oh, you’ve misunderstood what Jack was saying because you haven’t been around here for a while.
    He wasn’t disparaging you, Troy, or Boo at all. He was saying that in reference to the NCAA’s railroading job of the two current players on the roster who had to sit out nine games for receiving what the NCAA determined to be “impermissible benefits” even though the man providing them was a legal guardian.
    I don’t think he was making a negative comment about you or your family at all.

  • marcusgresham

    Isn’t Stanford Robinson also originally from Virginia, or is he a Maryland native (prior to going to prep school; I know he’s not there now.)

  • marcusgresham

    Has Crean ever before had a hyper-athletic wing who played defense like a fresh spider web but needed to work on his jump shot? Oh, that Oladipo kid. He turned out OK didn’t he? Shoots pretty well from what I’ve been hearing.

  • marcusgresham

    Has Crean ever before had a hyper-athletic wing who played defense like a fresh spider web but needed to work on his jump shot? Oh, that Oladipo kid. He turned out OK didn’t he? Shoots pretty well from what I’ve been hearing.

  • inLinE6

    I don’t see a problem here. Boo Williams is his legal guardian but not considered a booster for Indiana University.

  • TorontoHoosierFan

    Forgot to mention – long time Hoosier fan here from Toronto. Love this site and all it provides to this Hoosier fanatic. Also enjoy the message boards and the depth of comments and understanding of the game and all things IU. Kill Purdue tomorrow!

  • TorontoHoosierFan

    Great to see Troy is the product of such a sound background and upbringing. No doubt he will flourish in the Cream and Crimson.

  • http://www.facebook.com/salvatore.b.amadeo Salvatore Amadeo

    great article Justin. thank you for sharing it with us

  • http://www.facebook.com/salvatore.b.amadeo Salvatore Amadeo

    great article Justin. thank you for sharing it with us

  • unclekerfuffle

    Ms. Williams:
    Based on what I have read about your son, he should be a very good fit in B’town–high character, strong work ethic and an obvious understanding about the importance of family.

  • Remy Willing and Abell

    And about that shooting …… We know how to fix that at IU !

  • sghoosier

    Beautifully written Justin! A human piece which ultimately is what life is all about.

  • HoosierPat

    Bump up that shooting percentage and Troy is going to be one tough guy to guard.

  • Colonel

    Welcome to the Hoosier family Ms. Williams.

  • repairmanjack

    Ms. Williams, Welcome aboard. Please bear with us, we can be a rough crowd some days. As to your son, he sounds like the right type of young man for us. I can only speak for myself, I like good b-ball players, but I like kids who when it is all said and done (regaurdless of how they turn out as a Basketball player), I would be proud of if they were my son.

  • repairmanjack

    Ms. Williams this was not ment to be detrimental to you or your son and I have no problem with the circumstances. My problem is just with the way the NCAA finds some of the dumbest rulings that end up hurting young men, their families and the teams/fans that support them. We had two young men this season who were hurt by one of their rulings and it was thru no fault of their own (or anyone elses for that matter, but the NCAA’s).

  • marcusgresham

    Are you a big enough IU fan that you refer to the Maple Leaf flag as being “cream and crimson”?

  • marcusgresham

    Are you a big enough IU fan that you refer to the Maple Leaf flag as being “cream and crimson”?

  • Geoff_85

    Yeah, the NCAA has not only this entire fan base on it’s toes, but every fan base on their toes. See Jay Bilas and his Twitter for more information on that. What they did to Hanner Perea and Peter Jurkin was an absolute travesty. Kids and families that had no part in any wrongdoing. The NCAA is making an absolute mockery of itself and they should be ashamed for what they’ve done to these kids with their ridiculous rulings. Having said that, I am not in the least bit worried about Troy Williams. I say that not only about eligibility, but also about his ability on the court. This kid is going to continue to make his family proud! This kid fills it up on one of the best high school teams in the country. Leads in points, rebounds, steals, and blocks. How is he not a top ten recruit???

  • Geoff_85

    This was an absolutely fantastic read. Um, can you please do this for every recruit? Lol, just kidding! Kind of..

  • Geoff_85

    We would expect no less from a kid that Coach Crean thinks so highly of. These are the kinds of kids that he wants and we (as a fan base) want at Indiana University – loving family, high moral character, good choices, great in the classroom. He’s a perfect fit. I think I speak for everyone when I say we can’t wait to see him in action next year!

  • Geoff_85

    We would expect no less from a kid that Coach Crean thinks so highly of. These are the kinds of kids that he wants and we (as a fan base) want at Indiana University – loving family, high moral character, good choices, great in the classroom. He’s a perfect fit. I think I speak for everyone when I say we can’t wait to see him in action next year!

  • kennygeorge

    after reading this story 3 times, I am just so thankful for a young man like Troy to represent us. A world class person. Our future at IU is bright, but more importantly our future as a COUNTRY is brighter with young men like Troy Wiliams. God Bless his family and Troy. May you enjoy health, happiness, and a good life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/efoy.mcnaughton E Foy McNaughton

    I would just like tot hank Inside the Hall for this website. It is a great gift to all of us who follow Indiana Basketall. Stories like this one give us a unique insight into the player’s backgrounds. Thank you Inside the Hall.

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