Word out of David Williams — via father Dwight — is that he’ll discuss his basketball future when he decides what his basketball future might be.
Williams won’t sign with Indiana, as he had announced he would do after a very, very brief courtship by the Hoosiers in April.
An official release:
Bloomington, Indiana—Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has announced the signing of Victor Oladipo, a 6-5, 185 guard from DeMatha Catholic High School in Washington D.C., to a national letter of intent to attends the University and play basketball for the Hoosiers.
A resident of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Oladipo is entering his senior year at DeMatha for head coach Mike Jones. He is currently ranked No. 133 in the 2010 recruiting class by Rivals.com and No. 36 among shooting guards. Scout.com lists the 6’5” guard as the No. 49 shooting guard in his class while ESPN.com has him listed at No. 53. He led DeMatha to a 29-3 record last year and a conference and city league title in the Washington, D.C. area. He had 14 points and 7 boards in the city championship game. He played AAU basketball for Team Takeover this past summer under the guidance of head coach Keith Stephens.
Born on May 14, 1991, he is the son of Chris and Joan Oladipo and has three siblings, Kritine, Kendra and Victoria.
Indiana Head Coach Tom Crean on Oladipo:
“We targeted Victor as a young man that we wanted to pursue as a part of our restoration of the Indiana program. He comes from two great programs in DeMatha Catholic High School and Team Takeover, and has been well-coached and more importantly well-raised. We feel Victor will provide athleticism and skill, but most importantly a toughness and will to compete that enhances our program from the moment he steps on campus.”
“He made a name for himself with his ability to defend other elite players in the country and we feel that defensive mindset, along with his ever-improving offensive skills, will help him have a very strong career at Indiana. That toughness and will also applies academically, and we feel he will be an asset to IU as well.”
A few years ago, a man working the sports desk at The Daily Collegian — Penn State’s student newspaper — dubbed football signing day a national holiday. There were beads, beverages, pictures of celebrating monkeys and much dancing to music only we could hear.
Though basketball teams sign far fewer prospects (thus delivering less intrigue and not testing our reporting chops in the same way) the early signing period had always heralded a day of excitement for us. By always, I’m counting the years dating back to 2006.
Not today. I reflected upon the colors of the leaves. Tried to remember what my favorite poem was. Am currently listen to a song that relies heavily upon a cello. I even went to Sam’s Club.
I knew it might be like this. We began realizing a few weeks ago that Indiana was going to sign only Victor Oladipo.
Of course I had hoped that we’d hear something about why things didn’t work out with David Williams. And since Williams, the wing from Florida, remains unsigned only he can tell his side of the story. And I was prepared for that. I’m still hopeful we’ll get it, as I have been sending messages in the general direction of Florida all day seeking comment.
Many Indiana fans were never quite convinced that Williams was going to be the right fit. Not enough star power, and the way it went down — IU offered, Williams accepted — gave the whole deal too much of a shotgun feel.
Things end. That is the only certainty any of us has ever discovered.
But some of us wonder why. Sure, we realize there is no one, simple, tied-up and ready-to-be delivered answer. Nevertheless, we’d appreciate a conversation about it so we have something to carry with us into the future.
So, hope to hear from you David. For now, I’m going to get a sandwich.
Just got a look at the transcripts from Joe Paterno’s press conference earlier in the day. Indiana fans will like a couple of his comments, but one doesn’t make any sense.
On the positive side, Paterno sympathizes with the Hoosiers on some of their tough breaks this season, and cited the officiating. As he typically does no matter the opponent, he says the Nittany Lions could have their hands full.
“We got a tough ballgame this week,” Paterno said. “Indiana has had some awfully tough luck, some of which was based on bad officiating. They had a chance to beat a couple good football teams, and got some bad calls. I think we’ve got to concentrate on Indiana.”
I’ve spoken with Dwight Williams, the father of Florida wing David Williams, a couple of times on the phone today. Though Dwight is busy dealing with work, he did say that David will not sign a letter of intent with Indiana during the early signing period, which begins tomorrow.
David should have time to explain his decision soon, Dwight said.
Williams committed to Indiana back in April shortly after receiving an offer.
As of now, Indiana expects only a signed letter from Maryland wing Victor Oladipo. Another Florida prospect, Will Sheehey, is the other prospect Indiana could land.
Tom Crean spoke to the Bloomington Rotary Club on Tuesday afternoon in the Hoosier Room underneath Memorial Stadium and told them the same sort of things he’s been telling the media so far.
He continued to temper expectations for the immediate present, saying that the team still doesn’t have any true leadership yet because the players are so young, and that his guys don’t yet know what it truly means to compete every day at this level.
“Where we’re sitting right now is just a glimpse of where we want it to be,” Crean said. (more…)
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