It wasn’t to long ago that Detroit Consortium junior-to-be Josh Jackson was considered to be the top in-coming freshman in the state of Michigan. Now the state of Michigan, has itself another incoming freshman to lookout for and his name is Rashad Williams.
The 14-year old rising star point guard was born and raised in Detroit, and he is already excelling athletically and academically. After a phenomenal basketball season and strong showings at various elite national camps, Williams was named a Jr. All American going into his eighth grade year. During his eight grade season, he lived up to the hype, as he led his Ludington Middle school team to the Detroit Public School championship game, all while being named Detroit PAL’s 2013-14 Athlete of the Year and maintaining a 3.4 career grade point average.
As the 2014-15 high school year gets closer, Williams now looks to excel even more at the next level and he will do that at Romulus High School.
“I will be attending Romulus High School and I couldn’t be more excited about it.” Williams said. “One of the first reasons, I chose to attend Romulus, is because of their great athletic and academic success. Athletically, I love the coaching staff, the basketball tradition and the fact that they were the only coaching staff to tell me that I may have to play JV first, and I took it as a challenge, which I can appreciate. Academically, I like the graduation success rate but most importantly I like the fact that once I graduate, I will walk out with away with both a high school diploma and an associate degree thanks to Romulus’s joint program with Wayne County Community College.”
This is obviously a good situation for Romulus as well, seeing that they are gaining an outstanding young man, who excels on and off the court. In fact, Williams just got back from Atlanta, where he participated in the Fab Frosh Camp, which is for the top freshmen in the country and Williams says the camp was a great experience filled with great competition.
“I had a great time at the Fab Frosh Camp and it is truly honored to be invited.” Williams replied. “I felt like I played some great competition and I definitely learn some new things.”
At 6-foot-1, Williams is already an impressive player on the court. He has an impressive basketball IQ and the ability to score from anywhere on the floor. He has the handles to create for himself off the dribble and get to the rim but he also has a nice jump shot that goes to NBA three-point range. Keep in mind that it’s not just scoring with this young man, he also has the vision, to create for others and he definitely has the ability to make the toughest pass look easy. When you those add those skills in with this natural athletic ability and you’re talking about a special player.
Last month, MiddleSchoolElite.com did their Top 100 National Player Rankings for 8th Grade (Class of 2018) and they ranked Williams as No.92 nationally. Keep in mind that only 12 people on the list is listed as 6-foot-0 or shorter and on top of that, Williams is the only player from Michigan on the list.
Although, it’s little early to be thinking about committing to a school, Williams says he is already gaining interest from Detroit Mercy and he even named his top six schools that he would love earn an offer from in the near future.
As of right now, I am only receiving interest from Detroit Mercy but if I had to name my top six schools that I would love to earn offers from, I would say Kentucky, Connecticut, Florida, Syracuse, Arizona and Michigan.” Williams replied. “I like Kentucky, because Coach Calipari and his staff do a great job of developing talent and getting them ready for the NBA. When it comes to Connecticut, I love how they run their offense primarily through the guards and that they run an uptempo offense. I like Florida because they also have great guard play and it helps that the weather is nice. The same goes for Arizona, who also has nice weather, plus I like the fact that they run an up-temp offense and know how to develop talent. When I think about Syracuse, I think about one of top college basketball powerhouses and I like how they developed former Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams for the NBA. Finally, I like Michigan because John Beilein and his coaching staff, do an amazing job of developing talent and they really know how to develop point guards.”
When all is said and done, Williams says he is expecting to play in the NBA and then possibly pursue a career as a sports analyst, but in the meantime Williams is focused on his up-coming freshman year at Romulus.
“I have high expectations for myself going into my freshman year at Romulus.” Williams said. “Academically, my goal is to maintain an 3.5 grade point average above. Besides that, I will also be preparing to take the ACT, which I hope to take around my sophomore year and score a 25 or higher. On the court, my first goal is to make varsity and after that I want to help my team win a state title. If I receive any individual awards or accolades that will be an added bonus.”
I don’t know about you but there is no doubt in my mind that this young man has a bright future on and off the court and if your smart, you will remember the name Rashad Williams because I can guarantee you that will hear his name more and more over the next four years of his high school career. Be sure to check him out this season at Romulus and you can always catch him on the AAU circuit with his AAU team The Family.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit