Carolina Challenge: VT High On Williams

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West Mecklenburg (Charlotte, N.C.) star Terrence Williams exploded for 19 points in his first game at last Saturday’s Challenge. The 6-4 junior didn’t quite regain the form in games two and three, but on the day he showed an impressive shooting stroke, quickness and athleticism.

Williams, a shooting guard, was just happy to be part of Dave Telep’s annual event.

“In the high school level I compete against, there are players out there that don’t really know what they’re doing. Here, they know what they’re doing and so I’ve got to adjust to how they play,” Williams said on Saturday. “It helps me out for next year and for the future because it gets me stronger and it gets me ready for how the competition will be in college.”

A first-team all-conference selection this past season, Williams played well but did not know his per-game averages in terms of points, rebounds, etc. He averaged 16 points per game as a sophomore, earning college interest as a result.

Williams received an early offer from UNC-Wilmington and originally committed to the Seahawks, but he has since de-committed as he eyes playing for a higher major. At least two high major programs are expressing interest right now.

“Boston College and Virginia Tech are the two schools on me hard right now, but I like Tennessee and some other SEC teams, too,” Williams said. “UNC Wilmington has offered, but I don’t know.”

Williams has visited Virginia Tech twice already.

“It was probably in February, when they played Boston College. And I went to one of the football games there, too,” Williams said. “I liked how it was. I liked how the game was. It was intense. I like how they played.”

And Virginia Tech’s interest certainly appears sincere.

“Their level of interest is pretty high,” Williams said. “I talk to them every once in a while. They talk to my mom.”

Williams claims to be “pretty open” right now in terms of favorites. He added that he doesn’t plan to make a college decision until next spring.

“I want to go visit the schools recruiting me hard and then make my decision after I finish doing that,” Williams said.