Nearing the end of summer and the 2024 forward out of Largo, Maryland, Caleb Williams, has racked up nearly 20 offers, along with offers from Power 5 schools like Indiana basketball, Villanova, Michigan, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. Though he has not received a ranking from any major recruiting site, Williams is working his way as a top 100 prospect as he rolls into his junior year at Sidwell Friends School.
During his time with Team Takeover this past summer, the lefty featured his shooting ability and playmaking potential as a strong wing with a good body at the Nike EYBL sessions. As seen below, Williams (#5) knocks down a corner three-pointer on this SportsCenter NEXT post back at the end of July.
Check out more of Williams’ highlights from the EYBL season HERE.
In a brief interview with Inside the Hall, the 6-foot-7 wing talks about his overall successful summer after COVID caused a canceled school season, then an injury basically taking him out for his freshman AAU campaign. Williams said the following about this past summer:
“I think this year for me, it was establishing myself as one of the better players in the (D.C.) area, if not the country. I think last year, since we didn’t really have a year due to COVID… my school season got canceled and the ending of AAU for the two week Peach Jam, I got injured right before so I didn’t really get a chance to play in front of coaches. So I think they’re just seeing me now for the first time and I feel like I’ve been performing well to allow them to believe in me.”
The humble and confident mindset is something Hoosier fans should be happy about, especially from a 6-foot-7 forward that can shoot the ball consistently, which Bloomington has not featured in the past couple years. Williams mentioned how Associate Head Coach, Kenya Hunter was the first to reach out to him from Indiana basketball and introduce him to Mike Woodson:
“Kenya Hunter reached out to me and I had talked to him before briefly and then he put me on the phone with the head coach, Mike Woodson, and we just talked about how much they like my game and he ended up offering me (a scholarship).”
“I have a hopeful relationship to build with them (Kenya Hunter and Mike Woodson). I started talking to them and we’ve shared some laughs and that relationship is something that can build and become stronger. I haven’t talked to coach Woodson that much, but from talking to coach Hunter, it gives me hope for a strong relationship.”
Seems as though Kenya Hunter is putting in the legwork to bring in this taller shooting guard into Bloomington and potentially one of the first commitments from the 2024 class. According to 247Sports, Indiana basketball and Mike Woodson had the ninth best recruiting class for 2022 and 10th best recruiting class for 2023, along with offering six five-star recruits in 2024 thus far.
The wing from Sidwell Friends seems very knowledgeable and excited about his offer from Indiana and had this to say about recruiting, the Indiana basketball program and alumni from the DMV area that he comes from:
“The whole recruiting situation, I’ve just been embracing the moment. I watched my two older brothers go through it, so just for it to finally be my turn, it’s a dream come true. The Indiana offer, I know they’re a big-time basketball program. I’ve seen guys like Victor Oladipo and Xavier Johnson, I sort of have a connection with through Team Takeover, perform with Indiana. Just seeing how big of a basketball program they are, it definitely means a lot that they believe in me.”
Caleb Williams will be a main target for the Indiana basketball program as they begin to round out recruits from the 2024 class and, from his body, size, and shooting touch, would make a great fit in a Big Ten program, especially a team that is begging for a consistent shooter on a nightly basis.