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Posted On: 10/29/18 9:03 AM
Aiden Williams is ready for his senior season. The sharp-shooting 6-foot, 165-pound guard from Jesuit High School is looking for big things this year, both from his team and from his college recruitment. The summer got off to a bit of a slow start for him, but things picked up and Williams is looking at a number of different prospects for the next level.
In July, Williams suited up for Team Fly on the AAU circuit and got a chance to play in a number of tournaments. “I came back from a knee injury – I was out the whole month of June but I got cleared to play our first tournament in Anaheim,” Williams said. “I came out pretty well and shot the ball well and that got the attention of some schools down there in California. In Salem, I played pretty well too and I shot the ball well but played good all-around basketball and not just being a scorer.”
Williams’ next stop was Las Vegas where he said things didn’t go as well for him, but at the end of the summer he and Jesuit teammate Justin Bieker attended elite camp at St. Mary’s and an assistant coach there said that he would come up to Portland to watch them at a fall practice. Williams has also since attended elite camp at Trinity (Tex.) and that was also a good experience.
Redlands, Pacific Lutheran, Menlo College, and Willamette are other schools that remain in contact with Williams, who does see one school standing out right now but is keeping all of his options open. “I definitely like Redlands a lot – I like their program and the assistant coach and I get along really well,” Williams said. “In terms of D3/D2/D1 – it just depends on how this upcoming season goes. Obviously the (Les Schwab Invitational) is a showcase tournament so I hope to play well there.”
Known most for his ability to fill it up from long range, Williams notes that things will be a little bit different his senior seaso. “I definitely changed my game so you’ll be seeing different things from me this year,” Williams said. “I’ll be playing more at the point and have the ball in my hands a lot more than last year.”