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St. John’s recruiting: 2018 Louisiana guard Greg Williams Jr. visits this weekend

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The Red Storm are looking to snag an athletic guard from the south.

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St. John’s is expecting an official visit from Louisiana guard Greg Williams, Jr. on Friday. Williams, a 6’3” guard from Louisiana who plays AAU for Houston Hoops in the Nike EYBL circuit, is a player the staff have visited at least three times in the past year or two, including in September.

Much like commit Josh Roberts, Williams has been a bit under the radar. His Houston Hoops squad included LSU commit Javonte Smart, Oklahoma commit Jamal Bieniemy, Baylor commit Matthew Mayer and Houston commit Antoine Davis.

Despite being a bit under the radar for some reason with Houston Hoops on the EYBL circuit, St. John’s sees enough out of the Baton Rouge guard that they have kept him a priority.

Williams flashed an ability to get to the free throw line at a higher rate than the other guards in EYBL play, shot 53% inside the arc, but struggled from outside, shooting 17%; his free throw rate was decent at 71% (statistics courtesy of Open Look Scouting Service). He looks to have quick hands and a solid frame, as well.

For St. John’s, Greg Williams, Jr. could be the second commit in the 2018 class after Montverde’s athletic forward Josh Roberts. The Red Storm lose two seniors from the year’s team and have an open scholarship spot, so the Johnnies would have room to land another player after Roberts and possibly Williams, despite the additions of transfers Mikey Dixon and Sedee Keita, plus redshirting Boubacar Diakite.

For Williams, St. John’s is a team that highlights guards, but is also far from home. Williams, Jr. has other offers as well. Last weekend, Williams went to visit Nevada, and he went to Tulane’s Midnight Madness.

The Mountain West’s Nevada as competition might not sound impressive to the casual fan, but the Wolf Pack are coached by Eric Musselman, who has extensive NBA experience. After reaching the NCAA Tournament in Musselman’s second year, the team (now with St. John’s transfer Darien Williams) looks to make real noise in the postseason this year with a number of transfers.

Meanwhile, Tulane is a school not far from Williams’ home. And they could certainly use some talent.

Greg Williams Jr. highlights

Highlights from his 2016 AAU season with Louisiana Elite on the Under Armour circuit.

With his high school team, Lafayette Christian.

A quick athleticism highlight.