Indiana among eight finalists for Malik Williams

  • 07/25/2016 5:59 pm in

Class of 2017 Fort Wayne Snider forward Malik Williams, an Indiana recruiting target for more than three years, announced a list of eight finalists on Monday afternoon.

The 6-foot-11 Williams is still considering, in alphabetical order, Georgetown, Indiana, Iowa, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Purdue and UCLA.

Williams is ranked the No. 34 player nationally according to the 247Composite and has taken multiple unofficial visits to Bloomington.

As a junior, Williams was named honorable mention all-state by the Associated Press and averaged 21 points and 13 rebounds per game. Snider finished the 2015-16 season with a 14-9 record.

Williams was also a core member of the Indiana Junior All-Star team and participated in last month’s NBPA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia.

Indiana has one commitment for the 2017 class thus far in Berkmar (Ga.) guard Al Durham Jr.

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  • HoosierStuckInKY

    I understand cutting down your list from a recruit’s perspective. But IMO, from a coach’s perspective if you’ve truly put in the work, being in someone’s top 8 should be expected. Still a long way to go from there. Being #2 on the recruit’s list has the same outcome as being #8.

  • RealHoosierFanatic

    It’s part of the fun and games :). I’m sure it’s an enjoyable part of the process for the the recruit and it’s smart to start creating a brand if you have pro potential. I’d do it survivor style 1 a week until it’s down to 2 personally 🙂

  • RealHoosierFanatic

    I wouldn’t get too excited for this one. I think it’s a long shot personally.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    LOL. Would you also make the remaining teams in the pool vote one off?

  • RealHoosierFanatic

    Nice addition! Tweaking my rules. A bottom three in each week with a ‘fake’ bottom three contender in to see how bad they want it!

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    I’d think Lousiville would manage to stay on the island until the end based on their ‘fringe’ benefits alone.

  • RealHoosierFanatic

    Absolutely. Those benefits are quite enticing final three on that alone !

  • IUBizmark

    Who do you see as the favorite?

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I really believe he and other top recruits in high school basketball know where they want to play college basketball before their senior year in high school. Basketball is a highly driven recruiting process and there aren’t any surprises in the ranks of talent. This young man, like many others before and after, know where they want to play college. Honestly, what difference will another 7 months make for Malik to decide where he is going to play. Malik, come to IU. You are their priority and you have earned it. Win a NCAA Championship at IU.

  • Sloan Screen 45

    Kenny Johnson

  • RealHoosierFanatic

    Louisville, MSU, then possibly us.

  • RealHoosierFanatic

    They don’t know how potential pro prospects will play for teams that they are considering that might be playing in their position. What if Bryant get’s hurt and comes back for another year? That could seriously affect his life. There’s a lot of money at play here for these top players. Big time decisions that can only be made once. I do agree they have it mostly decided on where they are going though. Still why commit earlier than you need to?

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Good point.

  • MK

    I can’t disagree more with your opinion on a HS kids ability to make a decision. I had a tough time deciding where to go to college and no one was even recruiting me. These schools are constantly pitching him on why they are the best fit, and to think they all just know where they want to play is a little short sided.

  • Kyl470

    I think now a lot of players want to see who is going to go pro early. If Bryant stayed another year I doubt he would want to come and be his back up. He is going to go where he has the best chance to play early and still be on a competitive team.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Understood. Williams has probably been hit hard with college recruiting since he was a freshman. Maybe or maybe not he has an idea where he wants to go. I get your point. Thanks.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Hello Kyl470. I thought IU had a great shot to land all of the Big 4 Indiana 2017 class players but what I can tell based on comments that may not be the case.

  • Spooky

    You would be So right IF this were the “good ole days” when our homegrown talent grew up just dreaming of donning the Candy Stripes.. *sigh*

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Nice!!!!!

  • inLinE6

    Louisville still working their magic?

  • inLinE6

    They don’t really know, or, in my opinion, they don’t really care where to play college basketball. They just wait until each program’s roster is about to shake up, and they find the best landing spot for their personal development. Team success is nice and to certain extent, play a impact on their rankings, but not always related.

  • inLinE6

    If Bryant stays another year, we’d worry about De’Ron’s decision too. LOL. So just enjoy what we have.