#27 RANKED PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY (CLASS OF 2017)
STAR RANKING: 5 STARS
WEIGHT: 210 POUNDS
POSITION: POWER FORWARD/SMALL FORWARD
HIGH SCHOOL: R. NELSON SNIDER HIGH SCHOOL IN INDIANA
CHOSE LOUISVILLE OVER: GEORGETOWN, INDIANA, IOWA, MICHIGAN STATE, AMONG OTHERS
PLAYER SUMMARY: One of the more talented and versatile prospects will be suiting up for Louisville and head coach Rick Pitino next season. Malik Williams is one of the more impressive looking high school players that we have evaluated in the class of 2017.
At 6’10”, it is a sight to see the 5-star recruit on the offensive end. He has a unique skill-set, in which he can play on the wing due to his excellent shooting and athletic ability for a big-man.The Indiana native has a very nice looking shooting stroke as he displays a nice mid-range game. He also shows the ability to hit the 3-point shot with consistency. This is going to create match-up problems for Louisville’s opponents next season. He will need to develop a few low-post moves once he heads off to college.
Listed as a PF, we believe Williams can play multiple positions in college. He might end up as a “stretch-4” due to his height, shooting ability, and athleticism. However, he isn’t just an offensive player. He should make an impact by blocking shots. He shows very good timing in this area. This skill usually translates to the college game from high school and you can’t teach height.
While a good rebounder at the high school level, Williams needs to gain weight and strength for the college game. Louisville prides themselves on playing up-tempo and being tough. While the big-man will fit in with the fast paced tempo of play, he will need to get in the weight room. Once he gets stronger, it will only make him a better player.
Malik Williams and Louisville look like a great match. With his overall skill-set, Rick Pitino and his staff will get the most out of Malik Williams abilities. He is a unique high school basketball player who can very well be an outstanding college player. He will be going to a program that maximizes a player’s talents and abilities.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF MALIK WILLIAMS
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