Malik Williams is an elite student-athlete currently attending Snider High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The 6’11 stretch four is one of the most versatile front-court players in the nation, currently ranked the #36 player in the country for the class of 2017 per ESPN. Playing for Team Legit on the AAU circuit, Malik has college coaches salivating for the versatile big that can knock down perimeter jumpshots, handle the ball in transition, play with his back to the basket, all while having the length and athleticism to block shots and defend the post.
I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: Congratulations on the fabulous Spring so far on the AAU circuit, you turned some heads with your inside-outside ability. Can you tell us how things are going for Team Legit as a team and for you individually?
MW: Thank you. Things are going really good so far this spring for me and the team.
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?
MW: I’m a versatile player at 6’11. I can run the floor good and move quickly. I can play inside or outside, I can shoot, dribble and pass pretty well. I rebound and block shots as well.
— 8Eye™ (@JaimeBoyer) April 23, 2016
EM: How often do you work on your game?
MW: At least 3-4 times per week. Just working hard to improve my game as much as possible.
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
MW: My favorite subject is Math, big fan of Algebra.
EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?
MW: Still undecided at this point.
EM: What are your interests off the court?
MW: I like to watch movies, play video games or just hang out with friends.
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered you?
MW: Indiana, Purdue, Michigan State, Iowa, Xavier, Pittsburgh, Marquette, Cincinnati, Wake Forest, Temple, Illinois, NC State, USC, Maryland, Toledo
EM: Do you have a top group of schools that you’re focused on?
MW: No, not yet.
EM: UofM seems to be a school that has shown heavy interest over the last month or so, can you tell us about your relationship with Coach Beilein/UM.
MW: Its been cool. Good relationship since they started recruiting me.
Michigan head coach John Beilein stopped by to watch 2017 Malik Williams workout today. @leek_willi34
— LEGIT BASKETBALL (@LEGITBASKETBALL) April 21, 2016
— Elevate Hoops (@ElevateHoops) April 23, 2016
EM: Any visits lined up in the near future?
MW: No, not right now.
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
MW: Having a strong relationship with the coaching staff, a nice campus, educationally strong school and a good basketball program
EM: I know there were reports of you making an August decision, is that still the case? If not, do you have a decision timeline?
MW: In August I will announce my top schools and just go through the process from there.
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