- Brad Bournival, RecruitingNation
When ESPN 100 power forward Devin Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio/Montverde Academy) broke a backboard earlier this month at the LeBron James Skills Academy, he sent a message even if he didn’t convert the dunk.
That message was heard and now the 6-foot-8, 220-pound Williams has an offer from Ohio State.
Because he’s an Ohioan – Williams played at Cincinnati Withrow until transferring to Montverde (Fla.) Academy – the Buckeyes’ interest went a long way.
“It means a lot to me being a state kid and things of that nature,” Williams said. “Ohio State is a top-10/top-5 team in the country every year, so to get recognition from them is big for me.”
Recognition has come easy for Williams, who averaged 15.2 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists last season.
Williams also has trimmed his list of schools to eight.
“Ohio State is Ohio State,” Williams said. “Coach Thad [Matta] has been around for a long time. He’s [coached] pros, so you have to listen to what they say when they call just like if North Carolina or Duke calls.
“Me being a state kid and a city kid (Matta coached at nearby Xavier before coming to Ohio State), that was one of the reasons, too. It’s only an hour-and-a-half, two hours away from me.”
Louisville, Memphis, North Carolina State, UCLA, USC, West Virginia and Xavier are also on Williams’ radar, but the power forward isn’t ready to trim the list just yet.
“It’ll be a little while,” Williams said. “It took me awhile to get a top eight. I was going to do a top 10, but I got it to eight.
“I’m going to stick with that a while and enjoy my last AAU [season] and once I get down to my new school, Montverde Academy, I should start figuring out what I’m going to do for schools.”
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