At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over one hundred players from North Carolina went on to play at the Division I, II, III or NAIA levels, and that number looks likely to continue increasing with the current senior class. Typically, we take a closer look at guys who are overlooked and underrated, and today’s edition will highlight Trevon Williams of Olympic and DTA Elite.
Scoring the ball has become more and more of an expectation from backcourt players, which is a massive part of what makes Williams such an effective piece in today’s game. His blend of IQ, skill, and athleticism is somewhat uncommon, especially within the current landscape of North Carolina basketball. Williams entered the state as an unknown commodity earlier this year but quickly became a regular name. His exciting, high-flying, score from anywhere game has translated almost seamlessly from travel ball to the high school scene. In Williams’ 16 games with Olympic, he’s posting nightly averages of 17.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 4.6 APG, and 2.6 SPG, which is as impressive as any newcomer.
We saw Williams dozens of times over the summer, and after our Summer Havoc, we stated: “It would be quite easy to write an entire novel on DTA Elite, who was easily one of the most talented, exciting, and entertaining teams throughout the spring/summer. Headlined by guys like Anthony Allen, Omarion Bodrick, and Nygell Verdier, it’s clear that this group is special, but Trevon Williams is just as vital as anyone on this roster. He’s a phenomenal two-way guard with IQ, length, athleticism, and game-changing scoring ability. Williams quietly asserts himself and goes about his business, which is probably what makes him so underrated. He can pass and handle the ball or play alongside another creator, but his nonstop three-level scoring is what should be especially attractive to Division I coaches. Williams is simply a lethal bucket-getter with the full offensive arsenal to go toe-to-toe with any type of opponent. That being said, he’s also consistently shown his ability to be a lockdown defender through length, positioning, and attention to detail. Williams is certainly the real deal and will become a hot commodity over the next calendar year.”
Williams has basically proven himself on every stage and against every possible level of competition throughout the last eight to ten months. He holds a single Lees-McRae offer, which is almost criminal at this point in time. If Williams had come to North Carolina and enjoyed prolonged success (which he’s done up to this point), he would’ve likely already collected a handful of Division I offers. His ability to defend, handle the ball, create for himself or others, and score in a vast variety of ways (on top of IQ and athleticism) should have him coveted by various different programs. College coaches would be wise to get involved now, before he slips through the cracks and dominates at the next level.