Indiana's pursuit of Troy Williams pays off 

October, 28, 2012
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There was a time when the recruitment of Troy Williams (Hampton, Va./Oak Hill Academy) was a two-horse race. North Carolina and Kentucky were the only players in the game, and it didn’t look like Williams would make it to the summer.

After a spring that was up and down on the court, Williams reshuffled his deck. North Carolina stayed the course, Kentucky moved on and a host of new schools moved in. The race for Williams’ signature was once again on, and Ohio State, UNC, Louisville, Arkansas and Alabama were accompanied by Indiana. On Thursday, for the annual Oak Hill-Hargrave scrimmage, one head coach was in the stands: Indiana's Tom Crean. On Sunday, the Hoosiers were rewarded for their pursuit by landing ESPN’s No. 32 overall prospect.

“I’d say they made up ground [in the spring],” Williams said. “After Nike Global and in between Peach Jam they came into the loop. Ever since that they came in strong and that’s when I felt like I could go there.”