Elizabeth Williams

Elizabeth Williams

Post

CLASS: 2011

98

SCOUTS GRADE

  • Virginia Beach, VAHometown
  • Princess Anne High School
  • 6-3Height
  • Weight
  • 2Overall Rank
  • 1Position Rank

ESPN Player Evaluations

FIBA U17-July 10: Not to minimize the role of evaluation but in the case of Williams the things she did well and the things she needs to shore up are evident just by scanning across the accumulated stats for the tournament. She shot better from the field, where contact was aplenty, than from the free-throw line. She finished with an astonishing 61.8 percent from the field but converted just 56 percent of her 25 free-throw attempts. She showed improving touch around the basket, and the way she played, she would have been at the line a lot more in the U.S. She blocked a ton of shots, rebounded, stayed out of foul trouble for the most part and rallied back from a nasty injury to her eye in the semifinal. As the featured player in coach Barb Nelson's offense she was rock solid throughout. (Hansen)

Boo Williams-April 10: When you're the top ranked player in the 2011 class, meeting expectations can be a challenge. Exceeding those standards should even be more daunting but Elizabeth Williams has seemingly embraced them. The 6-foot-3 forward for Boo Williams Elite continues to advance both her basketball and physical skills and their impact led the way for Boo Williams in Sunday's title game.

While teammate Ka'lia Johnson's face-guarding lockdown on Kaleena Mosqueda -Lewis was instrumental in limiting the Tennessee Flight's scoring options, it was Williams' presence on the backline that created a cushion for the focused strategy and Johnson's performance. Time and again, Williams' intimidating efforts altered shots, passes and decisions. Her combination of size, athleticism and anticipation make her a game-changing interior defender with her own matchup or on help side. At times her defensive vision is completely ball-oriented and she can lose her player, but the trade off seems to work out well for now.

Off the rebound Williams is getting the outlet pass down floor quicker and further than in the past. Without the board she's running the floor with the guards and often finishing on the block at the other end. In the halfcourt her posting is more aggressive and she finished effectively going over both shoulders. An impressive first step is there on the face up and will ultimately be a necessity against bigger defenders and more experienced competition. The toughest expectations for her to meet in the future may ultimately be her own.

USA U16 Trials-May 09: Elizabeth Williams of Virginia Beach, Va., is one of the biggest shot-blocking forces in the country. The 6-3 post jumps quickly and hangs well, once airborne. When you see her use that strength and leaping ability on offense it makes you pause and consider how good this kid is going to be before she's done. She caught passes with a slick FIBA-certified ball that would have been outside the range of most players, barely hit the hardwood and then elevated up the basket to finish. She did so with both hands and usually capped it off with a slap of the glass. She didn't finish as consistently as she is capable of, but having seen her before it was an anomaly.

Boo Williams-April 09: It's not often that one player dominates a game from the defensive end, but Elizabeth Williams seems to make a habit of it. Don't mistake that as meaning that she's not an offensive threat -- she is. However, her presence in the paint changes the thought process of opposing coaches and the shots of many of the best players. The 6-3 forward has a long, lean build, but it's her anticipation and timing that gets her hands on the ball. Named the tournament MVP, while leading her Boo Williams Summer League teammates to the tournament title, she already can have her choice of schools. The best thing for someone having options at her age is that she can take her time, find the right fit and avoid that transfer bug that seems to be going around these days.

Bojangles Jan. 09: Elizabeth Williams showed why many observers consider her to be the top post player in the class of 2011. Williams has all the skills of a veteran and improved her play each game out. Few players can play the low post like Williams. Her offensive arsenal includes the sky hook, the jump hook, the drop step and the face-up jumper. She can finish with either hand from as far out as 12 feet and shoots well in the 70 percentile from the foul line. Defensively, she is a very good shot blocker and has the ability to keep the blocked shots in play. But she can also register a few Griners (in reference to the way ESPN Hoopgurlz 2009 No. 1 player Britney Griner can block or smash opponents' shot in the stands with high intensity) if she needs to.

Notes

Club Team: Boo Williams Elite

USA Basketball U17 National Team Member, 2010 ... AP Virginia Player of the year, 2010 ... Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year, 2010 ... First-team Parade All-American, 2010 ... USA Basketball U16 National Team Member, 2009 ... All-state first team, 2009 ... Eastern Region Player of the Year, 2009 ...