Troy Williams to Indiana: Hoosiers Land Coveted Basketball Recruit

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IOctober 28, 2012


Top high school basketball recruit Troy Williams has chosen Indiana to play college basketball at next season, and his signing has dramatically increased the quality of the Hoosiers' recruiting class.

A senior at Oak Hill Academy (VA), Williams is ranked 32nd on ESPN's Top 100 rankings for his recruiting class.

The Hoosiers are ranked No. 1 in the preseason polls ahead of the 2012-13 season, and should have a strong squad in 2013-14 now that Williams will add more depth to their lineup.

He will have little trouble adapting to the college game and will be a star for the Hoosiers when he arrives to Bloomington.

Let's look at how Williams impacts Indiana.


What Williams Brings to the Team

Williams is a phenomenal scorer who causes problems for opponents with his mid-range jump shot or his play in the paint. He also has great ball control, which makes him difficult to defend and helps limit turnovers.

Playmaking is an underrated part of his game, and there's no doubt that he will be a complete player at Indiana. Williams is an all-around talent with the potential to be one of the most complete forwards in America.

At 6'6" and 180 lbs, he needs to add a bit more strength, but that will come in the weight room over time. You can't expect high school kids to enter school with an NBA body.


Freshman Impact

Williams is a strong one-on-one perimeter defender which will allow him to earn a lot of playing time right away at the college level.

He's not afraid of sacrificing a little bit of offense in order to commit defensively and stop the opposing team's best perimeter scorer.

This is really impressive and something not often found in young players since scoring is much more glamorous than playing good defense and rebounding.

Expect Williams to dominate at both ends of the court for Indiana when he makes his collegiate debut.