Posted On: 01/4/17 9:12 PM
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Checking in as a 6’5”, 190 pound shooting guard from Baltimore, Jihar Williams is a must-see 2017 prospect from the Maryland/D.C. area.
He goes to Friends School and is a big part of a Quakers team that is 9-2 so far this season. Williams told Prep Hoops that he’s averaging around 20 points per game for Friends, but he also sees himself playing an important role on the team outside of scoring.
“I am an active leader on the floor, telling players where to go and talking on defense,” he explained. “But most of the time I do let my game do the talking.”
Williams, who’s ranked as the No. 26 recruit from the Maryland/D.C. area, according to the Prep Hoops rankings, had multiple offers as a 2017 prospect, be decided to commit to William and Mary back in June of 2016.
“The coaches really wanted me there, and it is a great fit for my play style, which is shooting three’s,” he said when asked what ultimately got him to sign his Letter of Intent with the Tribe over his other options. “Also, it’s a lot like a bigger version of my high school, so it made me feel comfortable knowing what I am going into.”
Williams also had offers from American, Loyola, Siena, High Point, Coppin State, UMBC and Vermont.
The Tribe would like to use Williams right away, but he does appear to have a patient mindset when anticipating his role in year one.
“The plan right now is that I should be able to contribute to the team right away, but most likely coming off the bench, in a backup role to the older guards on the team,” he said. “Also watching and learning from them, hopefully my role will expand.”
So what exactly will Williams be bringing to the table for William and Mary? Find out in this Prep Hoops Scouting Report.
Williams has the potential to be a dynamic offensive performer at the college level. Everything you look for in a swing-guard is something that can be found in Williams’ game.
Shooting? That’s a no-brainer. He has long-range capabilities and a very smooth shot. He can spot up and drain the three-ball from the outside, but he also has a very impressive fade away jumper that he can use in the mid-range or even down near the blocks. He can also stop-and-pop on a dime from the outside, so overall as a shooter, Williams can be very dangerous.
Length is one of Williams’ big strengths, and he’ll be able to use that at the college level to be a big mismatch for William and Mary. He’s tall and long enough to play against small forwards or even power forwards in certain instances, and he’ll absolutely dominate any two-guards or point guards who try to defend him. He has good ball-control and is elusive off the dribble. He’s not afraid to attack the rim and finish strong off the drive, which means his offensive abilities will translate to both the half-court and transition game. With his athleticism and ability to handle the ball, it’s not hard to see Williams being a full-court threat when the Tribe wants to push the tempo.
Whether it’s his long-range game or his ability to get down into the paint and put up an athletic shot, Williams has all the potential in the world to be a superstar in the Colonial Athletic Association.