Eric Williams Jr. (2) of New Haven puts up a shot during the match between New Haven and Lincoln at New Haven High School on January 29, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)

Eric Williams Jr. is an elite student-athlete currently attending New Haven High School in metropolitan Detroit. Eric is one of the best high school prospects in Michigan, currently ranked the #23 player in the state for the class of 2017 per Prep Hoops. Williams Jr. was outstanding on the AAU circuit for the Michigan Playmakers this summer. The 6’4 combo-guard marks multiple checkboxes college coaches are seeking with his ability to knock down perimeter shots off the catch or pull-up, while being a good finisher with great body control. While best known for lighting up the scoreboard with a versatile game, Eric is also an honor-roll student at New Haven High School holding down a 3.09 GPA.

     I.  AAU & SELF ANALYSIS

EM: Congrats on the great Spring/Summer, you turned some heads with your ability. Can you tell us how things went for the Michigan Playmakers as a team and for you individually?

EWJ: Thanks, as team I felt this was the best 17u year the program had in awhile. We had a solid group of players and we were all accustomed to playing with each other so we had a lot of team chemistry and everyone knew what their role was on the team. Individually, this was best year of AAU because I felt I got my name out a lot and showcased my skills and how to be very coachable.

EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?

EWJ: I am an off guard/wing that can guard positions 1-3 and I can score at all three levels, which I think makes it hard for defenses to guard me. I have gotten a lot better with rebounding and defending.

EM: How often do you work on your game?

EWJ: This summer I have been working out 4 days a week, with 2 open gyms to keep my conditioning. But now that I have football, I go 3 days.

 

 

     II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS

EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?

EWJ: My interests as student are mainly Math, I feel it’s my best subject and physical science is also.

EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?

EWJ: I plan on majoring in Business/Accounting in college.

EM: What are your interests off the court?

EWJ: Interests off the court are mainly playing 2k. If I’m not doing that I’m playing basketball outside or at the park a lot. And hanging with my family.

 

 

      III. RECRUITING

EM: Congrats on your first offer from Univ. of Northwestern Ohio. Which schools show interest that haven’t yet offered?

EWJ: American University, UW-Green Bay, Holy Cross, Boston University, Kentucky State, Saginaw Valley State, Davenport

EM: Any visits or team camps lined up in the near future?

EWJ: Yes. I plan to visit Kentucky State, SVSU and Davenport.

EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?

EWJ: We have some simple factors, we just want a good fit for me and for life after basketball. I feel it doesn’t matter what division you play at, you should be blessed to get a chance to play. And we try to look at what other guys they’re recruiting as hard as me because you don’t want to go to a school with players coming in at the same position as you.

 

 

     IV. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE

EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?

EWJ: Personal goals this year are to try to make it to States. Last year we came up short, but I feel with the experience and speed we have this year we have a good chance. Another goal of mine is to make my teammates better this year. People get caught up in the hype sometimes and forgot about what’s most important. Those are my two goals. And my off-court goal is to get my core GPA to a 3.1 this year. Right now I am at 3.09.

EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?

EWJ: To not get a big head. Nowadays with all this social media kids get caught up in the hype and not reality. There’s always room for improvement and there’s always someone looking to take your spot so don’t settle and keep working and it will pay off.

 

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