We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball court, and today’s edition will take a closer look at Isaiah Williams of Porter Ridge and Charlotte Hoyas.
We’ve seen Williams numerous times over the last few months, including at our Phenom LIVE, where we stated, “The Charlotte Hoyas have quietly become a personal favorite to watch compete, as their roster is full of tough, intelligent, unselfish players. Their depth and game plan make for an incredible on-court product, and Isaiah Williams is a massive part of their overall success. Though the Hoyas are a balanced group, Williams arguably has his imprints on the game as much as anyone. Unlike most, it starts with his reliable defensive presence. Williams is an absolute menace on that end of the floor, defending along the perimeter while consistently anchoring the paint and accumulating blocked shots. He also displays great timing and anticipation for jumping into passing lanes and immediately pushing the break. Williams is slightly undersized but has the IQ, strength, and toughness to play so much bigger than his listed height. He’s a great finisher through contact with the ability to play above the rim, but can also reliably step out and knock down open jumpers. His passing, especially in the open floor, remains one of his most underrated qualities. Williams embodies all the traits of a winner and should have ample next-level opportunities set to emerge over the next calendar year.”
After what can only be considered a dominant summer for Williams and the Charlotte Hoyas, he should also double as the most productive player on Porter Ridge. Though slightly undersized, Williams is an absolute monster inside the paint on both ends of the floor. He’s long, strong, athletic, and exudes intelligence with each movement. He blocks shots at a high rate, rebounds then immediately pushes the break in transition, and scores the ball in a variety of different ways. Williams doesn’t require touches to make an impact but always seems to make steady, unselfish decisions on offense. Some players simply embody being a winner, and Williams certainly fits that bill. Expect college coaches to start getting involved sooner than later.