2023’s Justin Williams Jr. dreams of donning the Carolina blue in the ACC | Youth1

2023’s Justin Williams Jr. dreams of donning the Carolina blue in the ACC

Justin Williams Jr. is one of the best players from the Houston, Texas area in the Class of 2023.

 

The 6-foot-2, 145-pound Williams, who will attend MacArthur High School, is a dynamic player that works as a point guard for the Texas Footwork Bengals.

 

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Williams Jr. has earned plenty of recognition, such winning MVP awards in basketball and football at Grantham Academy.

 

No matter the opponent, every game Williams is determined to give it his all.

 

Williams is going all out.

 

The motor is always at full throttle whenever Williams steps between the lines.

 

“My mindset at being a PG is to learn my teammates’ game, control the offense, making sure the ball gets to the right player, and being a leader,” Williams said. “I want the opponent to have to grind for everything they get while I’m out there.”

 

Williams has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the hardwood. Williams tells why he enjoys the game of basketball so much.

 

“Thing I love most is being on the court with my teammates and competing against other players on my level or players better than me,” Williams said.

 

Williams has learned many valuable lessons from playing basketball that he applies to his everyday life.

 

The main one is applying perspective to all situations.

 

“Playing basketball has taught me to be a leader and not a follower and that nothing is going to come easy in life so you have to work for it,” Williams said.

 

Williams recalls his favorite basketball memory.

 

“My favorite memory of playing is when my team was down 14 at the half and we fought all the way back to beat the team by one point,” Williams said. “It was an amazing feeling to come through for my team like that and I’ll never forget it.”

 

Anthony Stephens is Williams’ coach. 

 

Stephens explains the best parts of Williams’ game.

 

“Justin plays the point guard position. The best parts of his game is the following: 1. His ball handling. 2. Length (6’1) 3. The way he commands the offense,” Stephens said. “The technique I like at his position is his unselfishness. He loves making his teammates better.

Williams takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Williams makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.

 

“Being a good teammate to me is when you are helping or encouraging them to become a better player, always showing good positive character, leading by example, and understanding we are a team,” Williams said. “The best advice I have gave to my teammates is that in order to win this game we have to play hard, play as a team, and stay focused.”

 

Stephens adds that Williams is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.

 

“The one way he demonstrates leadership is spacing and alignment. After two years of AAU basketball, he understands how all of the pieces (teammates) of the puzzle work together,” Stephens said. “This is the power of creating optimal alignment between leaders and their teams-enabled by the right amount of spacing. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t know he’s doing this during practices and in the games.”

 

Williams is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.

 

“Something that I learned from my coaches is that I have the ability to be one of the best. In order to do that I have to play to my full potential and ability at all times. Stay physical and adapt to the game,” Williams said. “Always keep a good attitude, remain humble, continue to be a leader, because you never know who’s watching.”

 

Stephens is an advocate of Williams’ capabilities.

“He is our floor general and he’s always putting his teammates in the right positions to be successful,” Stephens said. “We wouldn’t have the success we do without his contributions.”

 

In addition to making clutch plays, Williams is developing a high level of basketball IQ as well.

 

Williams is growing into excellent basketball awareness that puts him in position to thrive.

 

“He uses his basketball IQ to make the right basketball plays. He will find the open teammate. He will guard the best perimeter player,” Stephens said. “He recognizes the defense and will get us in our offensive sets.”

 

Williams is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.

 

“Justin has a great work ethic. He’s always willing to do whatever it takes to get better,” Stephens said. “This demonstrates a positive example for his peers to follow.”

Stephens explains why he compares Williams to this projected No. 2 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.   

 

“The college player that I compare him to is Ja Morant. He’s a PG with length and athleticism (he plays WR for his middle school team),” Stephens said. “Once again, he’s smart, a pass first point guard, and learning how to be aggressive and use his instincts to get his own shot.”

 

Williams patterns his mentality after Morant.

 

“The player I look up to in college is Ja Morant because he gets his teammates involved in the game and he can score at will,” Williams said. “That’s the way that I try to play the game out there.”

 

Williams is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.

 

“My goals on the court are to become a better free throw shooter and become a better three point shooter,” Williams said. “My goals off the court are to continue to keep my grades up and to graduate with the top percentage of my high school class, and college.”

 

Williams explains his collegiate aspirations.

 

“My dream college is the University of North Carolina because I feel that the the coaches and my teammates will make ma a better player mentally and physically,” Williams said.

 

Williams lists history as his favorite subject in school.

 

“My favorite subject in school is history because I enjoy learning about how the world was before I was alive and how people had to fight for rights that they thought they needed in their life,” Williams said.

 

Stephens outlines the areas of improvement that will take Williams to the next level.

 

“The areas of Improvement that I’m working with him on is: 1. I am teaching him how to use his length to his advantage. 2. I am showing him different spots on the floor where he can get own shots.  3. I am showing him how to be aggressive. Being aggressive allows him to make himself and his teammates better,” Stephens said.

 

Stephens believes the sky is the limit as long as Williams continues to stay hungry.  

 

“In my opinion, he can be a future (major)D1 player. Right now, he has the size and athleticism, the IQ, and leadership skills to become a D1 player,” Stephens said. “Justin needs to keep gaining experience through highly competitive summer basketball games. It’s totally up to him.”

 

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