One point guard in the state of Virginia has been putting in the work and looking to prove himself as a player. Now, with his recruitment picking up and visits being set, he is proving the be a hot target for high-major programs.
2021 6’1 AJ Williams recently made news with him transferring to Trinity Episcopal School this upcoming season and the talented point guard is highly excited about the new adventure and the potential with his at his new program.
“I’m hoping to get a good academic career and to just get a feel for a new environment, playing with a new team and new makeup than what I’m used to but my excitement will be just to go out and play and hopefully have an undefeated season and win a state title,” Williams told Phenom Hoops.
“The team we have has really high potential and skill set, we are filled with talent across the board.”
Williams is included in that potential this year for Trinity Episcopal, as he worked hard this summer to showcase his talents. Playing with Team Loaded VA 17u this summer in the Adidas Gauntlet, he caught the eyes of many with his ability to score, knock down the open shots from three, and his ability to be a strong point guard. He averaged 11.6 points in 15 games at the Adidas Gauntlet, knocking down 37 3-pointers and only having a 0.7 turnover average in that span. It also gave him a nice feel on how it be playing at the next level.
“Things have been going good on the basketball side,” he replied. “I’ve been in the gym day in and day out, staying on top of my game, getting up to 500-700 shots a day, along with an hour of ball-handling; just constantly in the gym trying to polish my game even more and getting prepared for the next level.
The summer overall went well. I was playing up with the 17u, getting a feel for how it will be on the next level, playing against other high-level athletes like myself and what I will have to work on to be good at the next level.”
Virginia Tech pushing strong
It certainly has been an exciting few months and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down, as he heads into his high school season.
Holding 11 total offers right now that includes Towson, Old Dominion, Virginia Tech, James Madison, Ole Miss, Hampton, Norfolk State, Canisius, Drake and others, all the coaches have been staying in consistent contact with him and building a relationship.
One program may be standing out a little more though.
“Virginia Tech has been building a strong relationship with me and Coach Webster and I talk very often on how I’m doing and stuff like that,” Williams said. “They are a great program. Also, playing in the ACC plays a major factor but I met the new head coach when he came down to watch a workout I had. They were excited to see me and what I was doing overall. I really like the new staff and the school.”
He also has an upcoming visit with the Hokies on September 8.
Unofficial visit to Virginia tech sept. 8 🦃
— Aj (@ballout_A1) August 28, 2019
Previous visits and thoughts/ Upcoming visits
With an upcoming visit to Virginia Tech, Williams also has plans on visiting Cincinnati soon as well, but nothing has been marked on the calendar as of yet.
He has also been able to take visits to Virginia, Pittsburgh, Maryland, and VCU so far and he was able to take away positive thoughts on each.
Maryland: “I felt like I was right at home. They just greeted me like I was already part of their team.”
Virginia: “The environment and culture that they have on the team are like a brotherhood.”
Pittsburgh: “Just an all-around great school, they want to see you grow as not just a basketball player but as a man as well.”
VCU: “I love how they just are always hardworking, no matter what the situation is. You always know what you get with them.”
With these visits, there are several factors that Williams is looking at and will ultimately go into his decision. However, there are a few that stand out that he is hoping schools can provide at the next level.
“Will I fit in with that team, is it a family, do they win, and will I become better than what I already was coming into that school, and the academics.”
Outside his offers so far, Williams has also earned interest from Cincinnati, Virginia, Charlotte, Seton Hall, Pittsburgh, Providence, and Maryland.
Player’s game description
“I would describe myself as just an all-around player that will give you what you need when you need it that will score whenever and facilitate when necessary. Off the court, I’m a chill, funny, like to hang around with fans and people type of guy.”