Hoop Hogs recruiting notebook: 2021 target Terran Williams on unofficial visit, 2020 Updates

By Kevin McPherson
 
LITTLE ROCK — 2021 Arkansas target Terran Williams (6-4 / 6-5 wing, Barton by way of Marianna, Joe Johnson Arkansas Hawks) took another unofficial visit to Fayetteville on Saturday and was in attendance for the Hogs’ game against LSU. And once again, Williams came away impressed.
 
“Good, competitive game,” Williams said on Saturday after the Arkansas’s 94-88 overtime loss after the Razorbacks erased a 13-point second-half deficit and actually led briefly in the extra period. “(Arkansas freshman forward Reggie) Chaney was a top player tonight. The Razorbacks have a good strategy and family-oriented vibe.”
 
Williams, who already holds offers from TCU and Oklahoma State, is drawing strong interest from Arkansas and Auburn with Colorado inquiring. He took an unofficial visit to Arkansas the weekend of Oct. 19-21, which was homecoming weekend when the Hogs played their annual Red-White game. He has also taken unofficial visits to TCU, Oklahoma State, and Auburn.
 
It was a great visit and I love the atmosphere of the school,” Williams said shortly after his October visit. “They like how I attack the basket strong, and how I developed my shot. I fit their system because I’m a patient guy on offense and a strong and talkative player on defense, then I can also run in transition.”
 
Williams is a bouncy slasher with emerging perimeter skill, and he’s a plus-defender. During the prestigious Pangos All South Frosh/Soph Camp in mid-October in Dallas, Williams was rated as the No. 23 prospect out of 261 campers according to Grassrootshoops.net, and he was selected to the Top 30 all-star game. 
 
“He’s a great athlete,” Hawks chairman Bill Ingram said of Williams. “He’s a two-sport athlete (basketball and football). In basketball, he has power-5 athleticism, and I think he’s a power-5 player. He can really attack the basket, and he’s improved his ball-handling and shooting.”
 
Williams and his Hawks’ teammate, Jalen Ricks, are arguably two of the top three sophomores in the state. Ricks also holds offers from TCU and Oklahoma State, and in addition to his Hog recruitment he is receiving interest from Indiana, Texas A&M, Michigan, and Auburn among others. Like Williams, Ricks has taken a couple of unofficial visits to Arkansas this season. Ricks has publicly stated that Arkansas is his leader.
 
 
Linked are a few highlights of Terran Williams …
 
 
 
New name in Class of 2020 pops up on Arkansas’s radar
 
Per a source, Arkansas coaches have made an initial inquiry about 2020 Taryn Todd (6-3, 190, combo guard, Findlay Prep in Las Vegas by way of Canada).
 
Todd is one of four Findlay Prep Pilots averaging double-figures in scoring at 11.6 points per game to go with 3.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.8 steals. Todd holds offers from Kansas State and Howard, according to VerbalCommits.com.
 
Arkansas has been busy courting Findlay Prep players in the past couple of seasons with assistant coach Scotty Thurman being the point-man in recruiting prospects at the independent school. Arkansas freshman forward Reggie Chaney played for the Pilots in 2017-18 and signed with the Hogs in November of 2017. And, the Razorbacks just a week ago offered 2019 Raymond Hawkins (6-10 forward / center, Oakland, CA) who is a senior playing in his first season at Findlay Prep.
 
Linked below are highlights of Taryn Todd …
 
 
2020 Arkansas offer Jaylin Williams honored Monday in North Little Rock
 
2020 Arkansas offer Jaylin Williams (6-10 forward / center, Fort Smith Northside) was honored Monday as the Arkansas Boys’ High School Player of the Week during the weekly Downtown Tip Off Club luncheon in North Little Rock.
 
Williams has guided the Grizzlies to a 2-1 start in the ultra-competitive 6A-Central conference, including road wins against Bryant and Little Rock Central. In the three conference games, Williams averaged 14.7 points, 13.0 rebounds, 4.7 blocks, 2.7 assists, and 2.3 steals.
 
Williams has been a double-double machine for Fort Smith Northside, and he’s already matched up against two of the top big men in the state. In November, he had 21 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal going head-to-head against ESPN national No. 59 / 4-star prospect Nick Ongenda, a 6-10 center for Southwest Christian Academy. In December, Williams had 10 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks, and 3 steals going head-to-head against 2020 Arkansas offer and combo forward Chris Moore of West Memphis.

In addition to the Hogs, Williams holds offers from Oklahoma State, TCU, Tulsa, and Lamar with Iowa State, Auburn, and others showing interest. He has taken a few unofficial visits since October — twice for Arkansas games and once to Oklahoma State — and he said he plans to schedule two of his junior-season official visits to Arkansas and Oklahoma State in the near future. Arkansas coaches have been on hand multiple times in ’18-19 to watch Williams practice and play in games.

Williams is the picture of the modern-day big man, possessing soft hands and ball skill (handling and shooting) as a face-up big while also being a volume rebounder and solid rim-protector. He’s a weapon in the high-post as a shooter, passer, and dribble-driver to the cup. He employs a host of smart low-post moves to get to a high-percentage shot. 

Linked below are a few recent highlights of Jaylin Williams …

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