2013 forward Troy Williams commits to Indiana

  • 10/28/2012 5:38 pm in

When Troy Williams arrived in Bloomington for his official visit last weekend, he was leaning toward North Carolina. Indiana was in the picture, but it certainly wasn’t leading.

When Williams left Bloomington after Hoosier Hysteria, he was pretty sure he wanted to play his college basketball for the Hoosiers.

Williams, a 2013 recruit from Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, officially committed to Indiana on Sunday afternoon after a week of contemplating his decision. He becomes the fifth member of Indiana’s 2013 recruiting class, joining Stanford Robinson, Luke Fischer, Devin Davis and Collin Hartman.

Williams, a 6-foot-7 forward, is the 32nd-ranked player in the 2013 class, according to ESPN.com. Williams is the highest ranked player in the Hoosiers’ class.

“The visit did it,” said Boo Williams, Troy’s uncle and AAU coach. “To get a kid to Indiana in ACC country, I can’t believe it. That’s the first kid we’ve ever had in 30 years go to Indiana. It’s amazing.”

Boo Williams said his nephew was blown away by the Indiana fans and the atmosphere that was created at Assembly Hall during Hoosier Hysteria. Troy Williams had originally planned to wait until the spring to make a decision, but his timetable was accelerated after his trip to Bloomington.

“It’s a good decision. Troy feels comfortable with this decision,” Boo Williams said. “Coach [Tom] Crean did a great job recruiting the kid. [Assistant coach] Kenny [Johnson] did a good job. When I went there and saw the staff, I think they can make him better.”

Steve Smith, Troy Williams’ coach at Oak Hill, said Williams returned to school after the visit pretty sure he wanted to go to Indiana. Smith said Williams took the week to sit on his decision and discuss it with his family to make sure everyone was on the same page.

“People were talking about it, so he just wanted to get it over with,” Smith said. “He was getting a lot of heat the last few days. He didn’t want to feel like he was pressured into it, so he just decided to go ahead and get it over with and announce it. … He’s relieved that the process is over.”

As for the reason why he chose Indiana, Smith said Williams felt like he “fit in” well in the program. Prior to his official visit last weekend, Williams knew very little about the way the Hoosiers played. When he got to witness a couple practices in person, Williams was able to envision himself out on the court.

“He sat down with coach Crean, he watched them practice, the things that they discussed, he felt like he fit their style of play,” Smith said. “I always tell my players that style of play and an opportunity to play are the two most important things. He feels like with coach Crean, he can develop and reach his potential. That’s what most players want.

“He sat down with me and said, ‘coach, I didn’t know the way they played, but I watched two practices, I feel like I fit their style of play.’ That was a big plus in his decision. He just felt like he fit in better than some of the other schools.”

Smith said he can see Williams fitting in well with Crean and the Hoosiers.

“He is high energy, both ends of the floor,” Smith said. “He’s long, athletic. He can be a great defender. We’re working with him on that right now. He’s probably one of the best offensive rebounders I’ve ever been around. He’s been much better with his shot selection now. And he’s a great passer. Most people have no clue of that because all they see is dunking and shooting 3s. But he’s a great passer.”

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  • He won’t be any more highly recruited at #1 than #2. He’s the best PG prospect IU has ever had since Isiah. Yogi would have to come off the bench if Jones came to IU. He listed a bunch of schools at “the top of his list” but IU wasn’t one of them. Hopefully CTC can spend some more time with Jones and change his mind.

  • Tyus Jones, but he may be out of our reach by now

  • Tyus Jones, but he may be out of our reach by now

  • It won’t even get to that. If I were an early 3-star commit to IU, I’d rather get playing time for Butler and pursue my passion for basketball as a valued contributor than sit on the bench all year. If I know realistically I won’t get playing time, I’d sign with another school where I can contribute on the court right away.

  • b_side

    All due respect, it’s hating and very judgmental since you don’t know his family’s financial situation. His family saved upwards of $100K by receiving a free ride. If they choose to spend that money on a vehicle, so be it. I’ve seen plenty of IU players driving nice SUVs.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Yeah, was just wondering if anyone knew anyone up there or heard if life is treating him right.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Deeeeeeeeeee!!!!! FENSE!!!

    Deeeeeeeeeee!!!!! FENSE!!!

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Deeeeeeeeeee!!!!! FENSE!!!

    Deeeeeeeeeee!!!!! FENSE!!!

  • IUMIKE1

    Exactly, it’s not as cut and dried as TomS makes it sound. I’m like you in that it’s the particulars surrounding the TL situation that bother me and make it a different type of thing and not a similar situation as he seems to see it.

  • IUMIKE1

    Southern part of Washington county.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Like I said—If he got it honest. Here is the thing b side with all due respect because I do enjoy reading your posts. Being from the Louisville area I knew several people who were in his circle that stated that was not the case. I also worked with someone who proved through countless photos he was around Williams a substantial amount and he said this was the tip of the iceberg and was far from legit.

    I was trying to be as vague as possible without throwing all that out there because there is always the possibility that multiple people are wrong and the guy I worked with setup a fake Facebook account for T Will and photo shopped a bunch of pictures of them together. I was skeptical until I saw the car myself, but then again it’s Louisville and stuff gets around in a small town. But rest assured I didn’t rush to judge. I am a car lover so I was impressed with it and feel he probably deserved it in the end anyways. Wish he could have done more in the pros. I am not a judgmental person so I definitely don’t want to come off like that. I am far from perfect myself.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Like I said—If he got it honest. Here is the thing b side with all due respect because I do enjoy reading your posts. Being from the Louisville area I knew several people who were in his circle that stated that was not the case. I also worked with someone who proved through countless photos he was around Williams a substantial amount and he said this was the tip of the iceberg and was far from legit.

    I was trying to be as vague as possible without throwing all that out there because there is always the possibility that multiple people are wrong and the guy I worked with setup a fake Facebook account for T Will and photo shopped a bunch of pictures of them together. I was skeptical until I saw the car myself, but then again it’s Louisville and stuff gets around in a small town. But rest assured I didn’t rush to judge. I am a car lover so I was impressed with it and feel he probably deserved it in the end anyways. Wish he could have done more in the pros. I am not a judgmental person so I definitely don’t want to come off like that. I am far from perfect myself.

  • IUMIKE1

    With CTC’s ability to develop players I’d say that, barring injury, getting a third year out of TW will more than likely not happen, if fact I will be very surprised if we do. SR being gone after two years is not out of the question at all either IMHO. In a way I hope that they are both playing at the next level cause if they are it probably means that those two seasons were very successful ones.

  • HoosierE

    Not sure why everyone is in such a big hurry to get rid of Cody, true he will be in a great position to leave but I don’t think that he does without banner 6. He is a stand up guy who wants an education. Also, id rather have him than any recruit, a proven top player in the nation…just my opinion

  • IUMIKE1

    As we have been shown, when it comes to Crean and what he will do or at least try the possibilities are more numerous than what most of us can envision. Having said that I think that what you say is not out of the question at all especially when one factors in the work ethic that WS has. Something tells me that if CTC told WS that he wanted him to work on what would make this possible over the summer he would go out and do it.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    We’d rather have him, but we’re assuming he’s gone. Otherwise I don’t think Crean recruits this class the way he is.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    We’d rather have him, but we’re assuming he’s gone. Otherwise I don’t think Crean recruits this class the way he is.

  • b_side

    Let’s just say he’s innocent until proven guilty like anybody deserves. Sorry to go all high and mighty here, but speculation like this should be treated the same way we discuss potential transfers on this site. As in, not at all unless we have facts.

  • IUFAN87

    wouldnt be to worried about Hartman unless last second shot but patterson has the ability to be dominant in division 1 by his senior year with right coach and attitude and if he goes to B10 school he will have some of us thinking if letting him go was right decision(for all you that believe grades where the issue then not giving him some extra help in books)

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    You are right. This is a serious response not sarcastic so don’t take it like it could sound. I should have stated what I saw and just left anything that sounded like an opinion out of it. Rumors start and stuff starts rolling down hill and the next thing you know a legit situation has heat on it. Wouldn’t wish that on anyone and wouldn’t want my own family subject to that. I apologize.

  • Tom S

    Actually I believe it’s exactly as cut and dried as I made it sound. But even if the “particulars” make a difference, and I’m not sure they do, an awful lot of people on the board were bashing him simply because he decided to back off of his commitment.

  • trailrunner

    I was not aware that IU had backed off Hartman or Davis? Is this an assumption or fact?

  • Tom S

    Neither. An observation that a number of people on the board seem to be comfortable with the idea of Indiana doing so.

  • Tom S

    Neither. An observation that a number of people on the board seem to be comfortable with the idea of Indiana doing so.

  • DannerPerea

    What i heard was that TLs dad was getting into the details of being hooked up with World Wide Wes and Nike…I don’t know if it’s true, but for an Indiana kid to de-commit from a program after a miraculous season of beating 3 of the top 5 teams in the country and capping it off with a trip to the Sweet 16 and a “Way too early” pre-season #1 ranking..I had to scratch my head and say, “Danner, after all this, why would a kid suddenly change his mind” and my only conclusion is that he DIDN’T change his mind. Someone else did.

  • marcusgresham

    Then you probably know my cousin, playing for the women’s team.
    I was born in Washington County—even have it on a tattoo on my leg (along with Harrison, Orange, Bartholomew, and Vanderburgh.)

  • marcusgresham

    Then you probably know my cousin, playing for the women’s team.
    I was born in Washington County—even have it on a tattoo on my leg (along with Harrison, Orange, Bartholomew, and Vanderburgh.)

  • marcusgresham

    When’s Manute Bol’s son graduate? He was pretty ridiculous in the video I saw!

  • marcusgresham

    If Meyers Freakin’ Leonard can make the NBA Luke Fischer can become all-world!

  • Steve Alford’s Hair Cut

    Welcome to the team Troy.

  • marcusgresham

    I saw that they got some votes for the top 25.

  • marcusgresham

    I saw that they got some votes for the top 25.

  • DannerPerea

    I remember a guy named Moye who was shorter than a 4 named Boozer. Anyone remember how that turned out?

  • DannerPerea

    Okay, i want Anya and Vonleh too, but are we being a little greedy now? If we land all these guys it won’t be any fun to watch the tournament year after year after year…the same result of IU beating the snot out of everyone else.

  • DannerPerea

    Maybe that “waste” of a scholarship has a solid understanding of the game and where he fits in. Maybe that “waste” of a scholarship motivates the other players around him and makes them better. Maybe that “waste” of a scholarship is an Academic All-American and keeps IUs index numbers, Team GPA, and graduation rates among the best in the country. Maybe that “waste” of a scholarhip is a statement about the life values of honor and integrity. Maybe my thoughts on this subject are a “waste” since you’ve already thrown Hartman under the bus.
    Look, nobody knows the future. This kid bought into a rebuilding effort before “the Movement” took form and both he and Devin Davis deserve…DESERVE…some respect here for that. I want the best players to come to IU also, but i’m going to trust that Coach Crean has spent WAAAYYY more time obsessing over the details of our scholarhip situation than I have. He’s a non-stop guy like that, and he’s also not one to pull the rug out from under anyone. So, let’s all relax about who signs in 2013 and enjoy the team we have right now for what they are.
    Sorry i unloaded on you dude, but it’s about time the disrespect we’re showing to our own (potential) players stops.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    well, we weren’t among those people then. I was upset he decommited but I understand that its his right.

  • chip

    frankly, i don’t see him leaving early. it wouldn’t surprise me if he stuck around to finish his degree. that would keep him here one more year.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Nice! Harrison Co here

  • IUMIKE1

    Guess we’ll have to agree to disagree on the cut & dried part. Was I upset that he decommitted, at first yea just like 99.9% of the IU fan base, but like I have stated before, I don’t really want someone using a scholly up that isn’t sure that this is where they want to be and it is his right to be able to change his mind just like I have the right to strongly believe that there was some pretty shady things going on behind the scenes. Particulars, IMHO, do make a difference, and in this case I feel like it makes a whole lot of difference. I have a real hard time believing that there was not some, shall we say, above the board type things going on when it comes to this matter. If it had simply been a case of him wanting to look around some to be absolutely sure he was doing what he wanted to then I just don’t see Crean saying & tweeting some of the things that he did and completely removing himself and anyone else at IU from the matter rather abruptly and it was done VERY abruptly. I know some people rag on Dakich, me included sometimes, but he is in a better position than most to know the inside scoop when it comes to things like this and he didn’t exactly mince words when it spoke about it. Plus I really don’t believe he would do anything that he thought would inhibit IU from signing TL if there was still any possibility that he might still sign with IU, radio show or no radio show. Throw in the fact that he more than likely ends up at the giant blue cesspool south of here and it really starts smelling like some less than ethical things were going on. Too much smoke for there not to be some fire. It’s those particulars that will burn you if your not careful and I think that that was exactly what Crean was doing, making sure those particulars didn’t burn him or more importantly IU.

    Bottom line I guess is that I don’t think Crean will have that hard of a time convincing someone of equal or greater potential to sign on with us. Time for all of us, including myself, to move on and try to put it all behind us, but of course still hoping that we end up playing the blue cesspool dwellers if he ends up there and just putting a hurtin’ on them that they will never forget. lol

  • IUMIKE1

    Guess we’ll have to agree to disagree on the cut & dried part. Was I upset that he decommitted, at first yea just like 99.9% of the IU fan base, but like I have stated before, I don’t really want someone using a scholly up that isn’t sure that this is where they want to be and it is his right to be able to change his mind just like I have the right to strongly believe that there was some pretty shady things going on behind the scenes. Particulars, IMHO, do make a difference, and in this case I feel like it makes a whole lot of difference. I have a real hard time believing that there was not some, shall we say, above the board type things going on when it comes to this matter. If it had simply been a case of him wanting to look around some to be absolutely sure he was doing what he wanted to then I just don’t see Crean saying & tweeting some of the things that he did and completely removing himself and anyone else at IU from the matter rather abruptly and it was done VERY abruptly. I know some people rag on Dakich, me included sometimes, but he is in a better position than most to know the inside scoop when it comes to things like this and he didn’t exactly mince words when it spoke about it. Plus I really don’t believe he would do anything that he thought would inhibit IU from signing TL if there was still any possibility that he might still sign with IU, radio show or no radio show. Throw in the fact that he more than likely ends up at the giant blue cesspool south of here and it really starts smelling like some less than ethical things were going on. Too much smoke for there not to be some fire. It’s those particulars that will burn you if your not careful and I think that that was exactly what Crean was doing, making sure those particulars didn’t burn him or more importantly IU.

    Bottom line I guess is that I don’t think Crean will have that hard of a time convincing someone of equal or greater potential to sign on with us. Time for all of us, including myself, to move on and try to put it all behind us, but of course still hoping that we end up playing the blue cesspool dwellers if he ends up there and just putting a hurtin’ on them that they will never forget. lol

  • IUMIKE1

    Bingoooooo !! See my reply to TomS above for further agreement.

  • IUMIKE1

    Yep, undoubtedly the best girl to ever play bball at her school. I coached her one summer in itty bitty baseball and you could tell then that as soon as everything else caught up with her body she could very well turn out to be quite the athlete. I watched her play several times and as good as she was I always felt like she still had untapped potential and had she received better coaching at the high school level that there was a very good possibility that she would have been even more dominating than she was. I will be following the women’s team a lot closer this year so that I can keep an eye on her development at this next level. Really pulling for her to do well.

  • Tom S

    I’m not sure we disagree. You seem to be talking about criticizing a kid (and/or his parents, etc.) for being unethical, which is different than criticizing him for decommitting. My post was *only* about the latter.

  • Tom S

    I’m not sure we disagree. You seem to be talking about criticizing a kid (and/or his parents, etc.) for being unethical, which is different than criticizing him for decommitting. My post was *only* about the latter.

  • smartybucket

    Agree with Tom S. You are right on the money. I think the circumstances are irrelevant. If the verbal is not binding it cuts both ways. If it is binding it cuts both ways. Either side probably will not like the “circumstances” of the other side not honoring their non-binding verbal commitment, that’s inherent.

  • Is that tough guy internet talk im hearing Ken?? Let me make two points and then im done trying to get my message across.. I believe that the talent we have on our team now and the class we have lined up for ’13 is enough talent that with great coaching and chemistry we will no doubt compete for national championships. Im not saying anthing negative about Vonleh or Anya but hearing these so called IU fans on this board talk about we still need these two guys and let the first couple commits find somewhere else to play drives me crazy.. Its just funny because the same guys saying that are the ones that said trey lyles was the worst person in the world for backing off his commitment. What if we tell Fischer to walk and he becomes a star somewhere else and Anya is a bust? These bandwagon fans think that if ESPN ranks a guy 30 on their list he is guaranteed to be better than a guy ranked 90! Its not true the talent difference betweent most of these guys ranked between 50 and 150 is minimal.. Its simply someones opinion. I can provide numerous examples. ESPN and Rivals had Damian Lillard ranked as the 48th BEST POINT GUARD in his high school class a few years ago.. He was just the 6th pick in the NBA Draft! Here are some class rankings of current NBA players (#131 Rodney Stuckey, #75 Joakim Noah, #51 Klay Thompson, #100 Darren Collison, #130 Paul Millsap, #23 Blake Griffin, #14 Chris Paul, #85 Wes Mathews, #49 Evan Turner, #57 Jeff Teague, #76 Jeremy Lamb, Not Ranked Paul George, Not Ranked Gordon Hayward, #141 Sheehey, #145 Oladipo, #143 Trey Burke…. AND THEN THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF GUYS RANKED ABOVE ALL OF THESE GUYS THAT NOBODY HAS EVER HEARD OF

  • Oh ya, that was the other thing I wanted to mention in my last post.. If you go back and watch that Kentucky game in the tournament, the main reason we could not hang with them in that game is because we did not have a backup point guard. When Verdell Jones went out for the year it really really hurt us in the tournament because we had to play Hulls so much he got exhausted and when CTC tried to give him a breather we did not have someone who could come in and break the halfcourt press and facilitate the offense.. Even though VJ3 wasnt a big time scorer he was a good leader and point guard.. If he would of been healthy for the tournament it could of made a big difference in advancing

  • Steve Alford’s Hair Cut

    Who tats a map on their leg? Are you a human Atlas or something?

  • Steve Alford’s Hair Cut

    Who tats a map on their leg? Are you a human Atlas or something?

  • marcusgresham

    Yeah, I did it to signify where my grandparents, parents, sister, and I were born and where I went to college. Strongly considering adding a couple of counties for the great-grandparents and a basketball over Monroe County.