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November 12, 2008

Meet Jordan Williams

Jordan Williams was looking for a school with a fervent and supportive fan base in college, much like the one he’s grown accustomed to at Torrington (Conn.) High School.

Williams found what he was looking for during a September visit to College Park.

“I was with Sean Mosley and Landon Milbourne,” Williams said. “[No. 2] Maryland played [No. 1] Wake Forest in a soccer game and the whole fan base was just crazy. I couldn’t believe it. It was awesome; the support [Maryland had at the] soccer game. It was pouring rain outside and the place was packed, so I can only imagine what it’s like indoors [for basketball games].”

It wasn’t until this summer that Williams emerged as a legitimate high-major prospect. Several standout performances with the New England Playaz AAU team opened the eyes of coaches across the country. Williams still can’t believe how quickly his basketball fortunes changed.

“It’s a dream come true for me. ... I didn’t think in the beginning of the summer I’d be in this situation,” Williams said. “People were telling me I had what it takes, but it still hasn’t hit me that I’m signing Thursday. I have worked hard and it’s a great opportunity. ... It’s really not hit me at all. I’m still waiting for someone to wake me up.”

Here’s an introduction to Williams.

Name: Jordan Williams
Birthdate: 10/11/90
Birthplace: Torrington, Conn.
Hometown: Torrington, Conn.
Nickname: J-Will
Height: 6-9
Weight: 240
Position: Power forward
Rankings: -- Four stars, No. 16 center. -- Three stars, No. 25 power forward, No. 102 player nationally.
High School: Torrington (Conn.) High School
Junior statistics: 28 points, 16 rebounds
Runner-up: St. John’s
Other schools considered: Indiana, Xavier, Villanova, Florida State, Arizona, California, Marquette
Favorite NBA player: Tim Duncan
Favorite NBA team: Boston Celtics
Favorite all-time Terp: Juan Dixon, Steve Francis
Favorite music: Lil Wayne, Kanye West
Favorite book: The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner
Favorite movie: The Pursuit of Happyness
Favorite TV show: Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Favorite food: Fried chicken
Favorite high school class: Justice
Favorite thing about College Park: “I think the family atmosphere would probably be the best [thing about College Park].”
Hobbies: “I like to fish, hang out with my brother ... play video games.”
Intended major: Criminal justice
Something that not many people know about you: “If I didn’t play basketball, I’d probably do something in music.”
Best basketball moment: “Probably winning the state championship during my freshman year.”
Role model: “Probably my father, just because if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have even touched a basketball and wouldn’t even be close to where I am today. Same with my mother.”
Why Maryland? “Because of the basketball, obviously, the Comcast Center is unbelievable and playing in the ACC. But also without a basketball in my hand, criminal justice, which is what I’ll major in, is the No. 1 program in the country. So that just topped it off right there.”

Click here for Torrington coach Tony Turina's take on Williams' commitment.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 10:59 AM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Meet the recruit


Good stuff Matt, Thanks for the update! And keep up the good work.

Gary Williams can't recruit and should be fired -- oh, wait a minute, this is good news, isn't it?

GW has a very nice class lined up for next year. If he can follow up with one more, the Terps will be right back in the mix at the top of the ACC. Nice job, coach!

The big men on this year's team had better step it up or J-Dub wil get serious minutes next year.

Hopefully the "big" man the Terps have been lacking is on the way. Is this guy a power player or a finesse guy? has the size of a center certainly but can he play with his back to the basket.

It's should be a no brainer that he is a low post guy with his scoring average 28 points ten boards in his junior year of high school. They must have ran the offense from the inside out, most of the high schools now are guard oriented and big men don't get the touches they need to improve. That is the way GW has coached for years. Next year they should have four big bodies in the paint which should greatly improve thier chances of returning to what they once were. Maryland seems to be going in the right direction I look forward to seeing where they end up.

Don't see how this guy is going to actually help...he's NOT a top50 player at all. Gary is playing up his recruits. How is a freshman going to immediately help a team with other issues such as outside shooting? He's not a good as Greg Monroe and look at GTown!

it's always nice though to hype it up...LOL!

i saw jordan williams play last was an incredible show....52 pts 20 rebounds.....i counted 14 dunks....he is a man amongst boys...mayland is lucky to get him...i hear he is a class act off the court too....uconn messed up big time here...congrats terps!

UConn is getting Alex Oriakhi. I think they'll be just fine.

Nevertheless, I hope J-Will is a beast next year

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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