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 Jordan Williams of Ben L. Smith and Greensboro Warriors.
Unfortunately, glue-guys typically don’t get the respect and acknowledgement they deserve, as their game is centered around team success. However, Williams’ teams have always thrived—largely due to his presence on the roster. He’s not usually the player that’ll take over a game but certainly has the capabilities, as he’s shown on multiple different occasions. Williams is a strong, rugged, well-rounded wing/forward prospect that simply knows how to affect all facets of the game. He shows a willingness to do the dirty work on both ends of the floor, consistently fighting on the glass, diving for loose balls, and doing anything possible to provide his team with an edge. Williams can effectively pass, handle, and score the ball while outworking his assignment defensively and on the glass. His game just exudes production and there’s no way to possibly deny it.
We’ve seen Williams in multiple different setting, including most recently during a high school contest between Smith and Southwest Guilford, where we stated: “No matter the context or setting, Williams seems to epitomize productivity and this contest was no different. He simply finds a way to involve himself in all facets of the game without forcing the action or ever stepping out of his glue-guy role. Williams is capable of doing a lot of things well and understands how to properly maximize his presence on both ends of the floor. College programs can certainly utilize a player like him.”
In terms of recruitment, Williams has heard from multiple schools in both football and basketball but still seems somewhat overlooked. Given the quality roster around him, there’s no real reason for Williams to do anything outside of his extremely useful role. If he were the lone contributor at another school, he would be putting up ridiculous numbers across the board. However, his ability to seamlessly fit in with any collection of talent will translate very well to the next level.