5-star recruit Mikey Williams says he plans to play college basketball

Vertical Academy's Mikey Williams # 1 shoots a free throw against Westtown School during a high school basketball game at the Hoophall Classic on Friday, January 14, 2022 in Springfield, MA.  Vertical won 67-65.

Mikey Williams playing college basketball?

As the five-star 2023 recruit and social media phenomenon ends its junior season at Charlotte’s Vertical Academy, it looks more and more like an opportunity – despite some lucrative professional opportunities.

The latest hint came on Sunday when national high school basketball insider Samad Hines reported that Williams, 17, would remain at the Vertical Academy, an independent start-up, in his senior season 2022-23.

Williams and his father also confirmed this timeline – as well as his current plan to play a season of college basketball in 2023-24 and then participate in the 2024 NBA Draft – in separate interviews earlier this year.

“He’s definitely going to college,” Mahlon Williams, Mikey’s father, told the Charlotte Observer in February. “He and I had a really long discussion about it a few days ago. “Every six months or so, we measure in a way where we are, and he wants to be a part of the university environment.”

Asked about playing in college, Williams added: “That’s the plan right now. It’s a route (to the NBA) that I would not say is guaranteed, but I have a good chance it will lead to the next level after that. . ”

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Why is it important for Williams to stay at the Vertical Academy? It basically paves the way for his eligibility for college: something Williams would not have if he joined e.g. The Overtime Elite League, which offers high school, is recruiting a minimum wage of $ 100,000 to join its European basketball academy set-up.

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