Source: 2013 forward Troy Williams chooses Indiana

  • 10/28/2012 3:37 pm in

Indiana’s 2013 recruiting class just got a whole lot stronger.

Highly-touted forward Troy Williams will formally announce his commitment to Tom Crean and the Hoosiers Sunday afternoon or evening, a source told Inside the Hall Sunday afternoon.

Williams 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 from Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, is the 32nd-ranked player in the 2013 class, according to ESPN.com. Williams becomes the highest ranked player in the Hoosiers’ class. 

He took an official visit to Bloomington last weekend for Hoosier Hysteria and had nothing but good things to say about the experience afterward.

“I didn’t know that their basketball meant that much to them,” Williams told Inside the Hall last 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 had previously visited North Carolina and was expected to take one more visit, but his timeline was accelerated after his trip to Indiana. Williams had narrowed his list to North Carolina and Kentucky earlier this year, but decided to reopen his commitment. Indiana began recruiting him in July.

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  • Andrew

    You have obviously never seen Davis play. And you didn’t watch the VCU game last year either, b/c without Remy, IU doesn’t reach the Sweet 16. Please limit your next panic post to 5,000 words or less.

  • Andrew

    You have obviously never seen Davis play. And you didn’t watch the VCU game last year either, b/c without Remy, IU doesn’t reach the Sweet 16. Please limit your next panic post to 5,000 words or less.

  • MattMan

    I guess the scouts at ESPN haven’t seen him play either. They just randomly rated him a 2-star. Same with Rivals and Scout. Neither is in the top 150. However, Andrew has rated him a stud; I guess I’ll put my faith in that rating. It was by no means a panic post. It was a well though out post that spoke the truth. Some mistakes have been made in recruiting, it’s that simple. Try to look objectively and not react emotionally.

  • Andrew

    Good post. Unfortunately, you’re in the minority these days. If you’re not a top-50 ranked player, you’re a huge question mark to many fans. Never mind that two of the probable five starters for the preseason number one team in the nation were ranked outside the top 100. How easy it is to forget.

  • CreanAndCrimson

    I also feel like Hoosier Nation owes it to kids like Collin for believing in Crean even when there weren’t results and preseason #1 rankings. What would it say about Crean if Hartman believed in him (especially remembering how highly touted he was at the time of his commitment) and Crean turned him away because something better came along?

  • CreanAndCrimson

    I also feel like Hoosier Nation owes it to kids like Collin for believing in Crean even when there weren’t results and preseason #1 rankings. What would it say about Crean if Hartman believed in him (especially remembering how highly touted he was at the time of his commitment) and Crean turned him away because something better came along?

  • Guest

    Very true.. Look how good Oladipo and Sheehey are entering their junior years. It is unfortunate reading all of these comments from IU fans saying they want Anya and Vonleh to commit and just push kids like Davis and Hartman to the side.. Thats BS. You guys that are saying that are not real fans. Will and Vic were both ranked in between 100-150 in the country a few years ago right where Hartman and Davis are ranked. I would rather have local indiana kids that can develop into great players and form championship teams then just being another Kentucky and picking up blue chippers for one or two years. I like the way our class looks now with Robinson, Hartman, Williams, Davis, and Fischer! IMO Anya or Vonleh need to find another school to play college ball at.. IU will be just fine withouth them

  • SCHoosier

    I just clicked the “like” but have to say that while Crean and staff can develop players..the athletic ability that the remaining targets have vs. that of Hartman ..well there’s no comparison. Not sure I think that should matter..but when your job is win championships..it probably has too.

  • SCHoosier

    The kid shows everything but the mid-range game..and he is nasty quick to the bucket. Can u imagine what battles he and Davis will have at practice.!!

  • Devout Hoosier

    And there it is. Welcome to Hoosier Nation Troy!!!

  • Devout Hoosier

    And there it is. Welcome to Hoosier Nation Troy!!!

  • Gerald

    Haha dude If you think Remy was a bad sign then you clearly didn’t watch the purdue or vcu games last year. He put purdue away with that corner 3.

  • CreanAndCrimson

    That is my point. Oladipo, Sheehey, and Remy Abell were all not as highly touted as the rest of the Hoosiers, but all of them have developed into quality college players. Crean is great at developing talent. I want to see what he can do with Davis and Hartman.

  • What about Jurkin and Luke Fischer.. I think we will be fine at center whenever Cody decides he is ready to move on to the NBA

  • What about Jurkin and Luke Fischer.. I think we will be fine at center whenever Cody decides he is ready to move on to the NBA

  • MillaRed

    Agreed. Where this kid is from, and who we beat out for his verbal says a lot about what we are doing in recruiting.

  • Andrew

    Same with Rivals and Scout? He’s a 3-star on both, ranked #120 on Rivals (Scout only ranks 100). Surprised a rankings guru like yourself didn’t know that. Hope this post was “objective” enough for your liking and not quite as “emotional” as the one above.

  • Andrew

    Same with Rivals and Scout? He’s a 3-star on both, ranked #120 on Rivals (Scout only ranks 100). Surprised a rankings guru like yourself didn’t know that. Hope this post was “objective” enough for your liking and not quite as “emotional” as the one above.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Welcome to hoops heaven Troy!! Excited to see you next season!!!!

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Remy is one of my favorites on this squad. He is stoic and tough. He has a similar demeanor to his 7 foot teammate who is pretty famous in these parts.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I understand your point of view, but it is hard to build a program about loyalty without demonstrating it. It is a slippery slope and I doubt many people envy that part of Coach Crean’s job. Keep the faith, stay loyal, do your job as a fan by staying positive and Coach will lead us there.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Easy now. We all make mistakes and are not perfect. Let’s not cut someone like that when we are all here to talk things out. Sometimes my opinions change when I look at different angles. Conversation is good but if all fans who had different opinions had to leave then nobody would be left. I could understand if the guy was talking about breaking the law but he was throwing something out there. Be better than that and support your fellow fan and change his mind for the better if you don’t agree. If you are right then these things will work themselves out.

  • MattMan

    When I said, “same with rivals and scout” I was referring to them “not seeing him play either.” And you are right about the 120 on rivals. My bad. Still, I stand behind my points on these players.

  • MattMan

    I questioned myself before I wrote Abell. I am willing to concede Abell being a good offer. I still stand behind the other parts of my post.

  • jdelislemeem

    The grass is always greener… Just be happy that we have these issues to worry about. As Coach says, these issues have a way of working themselves out. Don’t panic, just relax and root for IU this year. We’ll all be fine…

  • Dagwoods

    Actually, we have 3 spots and can sign 4.

  • Mel Piepho

    As discussed previously, it depends on how many players leave after this year and how many remaining players are willing to pay their own way. 3 graduate, but Mo has been on shcolarship for 4 years so he might be a 4th graduate; Cody and Vic may go pro or be willing to pay their way. If these 6 players don’t take a scholrship next year, there would be room for 6 recruits. If Austin transfers or pays his own way, then there would be room for 7 recruits. Also, Yogi may also want to pay his own way or go pro. I’ve paid for 18 years of college for my kids, so paying for one or two years is not that big of a deal for many parents. I think that the players would have to volunteer themselves or their parents in paying with no pressure from the coaches, etc.

  • Mel Piepho

    As discussed previously, it depends on how many players leave after this year and how many remaining players are willing to pay their own way. 3 graduate, but Mo has been on shcolarship for 4 years so he might be a 4th graduate; Cody and Vic may go pro or be willing to pay their way. If these 6 players don’t take a scholrship next year, there would be room for 6 recruits. If Austin transfers or pays his own way, then there would be room for 7 recruits. Also, Yogi may also want to pay his own way or go pro. I’ve paid for 18 years of college for my kids, so paying for one or two years is not that big of a deal for many parents. I think that the players would have to volunteer themselves or their parents in paying with no pressure from the coaches, etc.

  • Dagwoods

    FYI Vic & Will were barely inside top 150.

  • Tim Indy

    Welcome to IU, Troy!
    It will be interesting to see how all the scholarships work out. If BJA, NV, or KM want to come too, there’s also the possibility of 1 or 2 redshirting, right? The other problem with getting this full is it will make it tougher to get Trey Lyles.
    I agree we will need to be more stingy with our offers going forward. I think most of the bigs that recruit top 25 players wait until the year before, and most top 25’s wait too. On the other hand, this is Indiana and we don’t want to become a UK recruiting a bunch of one and done, non-academic players. Also, you can’t have a team with thirteen 5 stars because they all expect to play/start. I’m happy with building a program with the best true student-athletes we can get and develop them – the kind that play 4 years and graduate. Another tradition here is making sure we get the best kids from Indiana that grew up respecting the Indiana program.

  • Tim Indy

    Troy Williams ???
    [email protected]_ Just committed to Indiana ! #HoosierNation !

    Retweeted by BeeJay Anya @BAnya_Allday

  • Tim Indy

    Troy Williams ???
    [email protected]_ Just committed to Indiana ! #HoosierNation !

    Retweeted by BeeJay Anya @BAnya_Allday

  • marcusgresham

    If all the fans who had different opinions left I’d have had a lot better seat at Hoosier Hysteria

  • marcusgresham

    Larry Bird, Jimmer Fredette, Zach Randolph, Jason Kapono, etc…Lots of guys who ended up OK aren’t considered great athletes.

  • Andrew

    Gotcha. Agree to disagree. No big deal.

  • Andrew

    Gotcha. Agree to disagree. No big deal.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    He would need a ride from someone with a valid drivers license to drive up to meet you since he does not have one.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    He would need a ride from someone with a valid drivers license to drive up to meet you since he does not have one.

  • Here’s a Buckeye faithful congratulating Tom Crean and Hoosiers on another good verbal!
    Indiana basketball has arrived and the B1G is emerging as THE premiere basketball conference in America.

  • Benny P

    Happy for Creen – great hire. As for Williams – could be a mixed blessing for IU fans.
    Uncle Is Boo W illiams and has shown some maturity issues during the recruiting process. Hopefully has his head on straight now.

  • Cusefan

    He reclassified to 2013, so now he can join those two. He couldn’t before. If you guys get him and Anya watch out, that’d be an amazing frontcourt.

  • Cusefan

    He reclassified to 2013, so now he can join those two. He couldn’t before. If you guys get him and Anya watch out, that’d be an amazing frontcourt.

  • DannerPerea

    Red,
    us, you mean..bite US. (don’t make the mistake of thinking you have exclusive rights to hate on Cal).

  • DannerPerea

    you got to SIT at Hoosier Hysteria?!??!!!

  • DannerPerea

    Red-shirting won’t do a darn thing to help the scholarship crunch..that player still uses a scholarship. Prep school for one of the incoming players would relieve the strain on scholarships, but red-shirting a player will do nothing. And who is this Lyles person you speak of? We’re done with him. That news is Soooo August 2012. He’ll be playing for Big Blew during their post-season ban and wishing his blood was Hoosier red again.

  • marcusgresham

    Don’t add me in this. I don’t want his mouth on me; I don’t know where it’s been.

  • marcusgresham

    Wish I’d have been in the balcony because we were so far up in the lower section that we couldn’t see the video screen because of the balcony. Got in line at about 2:00.

  • marcusgresham

    Wish I’d have been in the balcony because we were so far up in the lower section that we couldn’t see the video screen because of the balcony. Got in line at about 2:00.

  • Jim Watson

    Tar Heel fan here. Hate UNC didn’t get you kid but glad you picked ANYBODY over Kensucky!