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St. Christopher School (Va.) prospect Rodney Williams cut his list of potential schools to 10 last week, keeping three City Six schools in the running.
The 6-foot-7, 210-pound power forward from Richmond, Virginia has La Salle, Drexel, and St. Joseph’s on his list, which also includes Western Kentucky, St. Bonaventure, Boston University, Winthrop, Duquesne, William and Mary, and Old Dominion.
Williams begins his senior year at St. Christopher School coming off of a strong summer of AAU hoops with the Richmond Squires.
“I started working on my hand skills and also my jump shots, fifteen foot and out,” Williams told CoBL over the phone on Sunday. “I have to sharpen those pieces of game up because I know I’m going to need that when I go to college.”
A popular name among mid-majors in the 2013 recruiting class, Williams’ offers were well into the double-digits by the end of the summer. He has been on unofficial visits to several schools, including La Salle, Drexel and St. Joe’s.
“All the schools I feel like would be a good fit,” Williams said about his list of 10. “No leaders as of right now but soon, in the next week or so ill be able to cut down to five schools and take my officials from there. “
Williams also said he has already set up an official visit to St. Joe’s.
“I thought it was a really good campus,” Williams said. “It just really actually reminded me of my high school just a lot bigger, so it was really comfortable for me.”
The power forward had a different experience with each City Six school visit.
“Drexel is cool, I love the city feel,” Williams said. “La Salle was a little more like a neighborhood. It was kind of different I’ve never really seen a campus like that.”
A self-described ‘stretch four’ who can finish well around the rim, Williams is looking for a school that can develop him as a player.
“As of right now the biggest for me is academics but from this standpoint I feel like all the schools I have would give me a great education,” said Williams, who is interested in majoring in business or engineering. “So now I’m trying to look toward which school can prepare me to play at the next level whether it be overseas or the NBA.”
Williams was visited on Sunday by the Drexel head coach, James “Bruiser” Flint, and Bobby Jordan, who’s entering his first year as an assistant coach at his alma mater. The visit from the 2011-12 CAA regular-season champions was the prospect’s first in-home visit.
“It went really well, we sat down for a couple of hours and had really good talks about the program, the things they’ve done and they are looking to do and how would use me,” Williams said. “Altogether it was a positive experience for me and my family.”