Fox Gets "Hidden Gem" in Williams

ATHENS - Vincent Williams will always be remembered as the first.

Williams, a 6-1, 150 point guard, committed to new Georgia head coach Mark Fox today. He joins Franklin County's DeMario Mayfield, a shooting guard, to make up Georgia basketball's 2009 class so far.

"Georgia is getting a hidden gem in Vincent," said Williams high school coach John Herron. "We have those down here. Florida is known for producing football players, but we have some basketball talent too. Vincent is getting a gem and he is going to get better."

Georgia became involved in the recruitment of Williams after Fox was hired earlier this month. Since that time the Dawgs have released one signee from his pledge to play for them.

"He had a relationship with Coach Pearson from before the time he was hired at Georgia," Herron said.

"Vincent sent me a text and told me not to set up any more visits," Herron said. "He told me that he was a Bulldog. It doesn't surprise me. When Coach Fox came down they had a good conversation. I think he felt comfortable talking with Coach Fox."

Williams had been considering NC State, Florida, Oklahoma, Indiana and St. Louis - all of whom had visited with Williams lately.

"He was heating up," Herron said. "But I think the chance to play in the SEC and the short distance from home was a big thing."

Fox's visit to Homestead may have been the catalyst for the commitment.

"Coach Fox paid a lot of attention to detail when we were working Vincent out. We went through about an hour of drills, and evidently Coach Fox liked what he saw."

Athleticism is one of the South Florida product's top attributes.

"Vincent is a great athlete. He high jumped 6-6. His biggest strength is shooting the ball. Teams are not going to be able to lay off of him because he can really shoot the ball," Herron said. "He has always been good, but he never did get the recognition because he played with three different AAU teams. I think him playing with the Miami Tropics in the summer helped him get his game to another level. He cam back from the summer and had a great year."

Williams' solid summer transfered to an outstanding senior season. He ended his senior season averaging 26 points, six assists, and 1.9 steals a game.

"He had a couple game with over 30 points - so he can really fill it up," Herron said.

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