We’re looking way ahead here, but high school phenomenon Mikey Williams is a headliner of his draft class and has the makings of a San Antonio Spurs player.
Scouting begins earlier and earlier these days with the NBA Draft pool growing deeper as the sport becomes more ingrained in society worldwide. To keep up with the in-depth scouting that player analysis that the rest of the league is taking over, the San Antonio Spurs need to look way ahead and take note of some of the guys they might be interested in down the line.
Listed at 6-foot-4 by MaxPreps.com, high schooler Mikey Williams from San Diego, CA is already being lauded as one of the bright stars of the future of basketball. He’s made waves with various highlight reels popping up across the country as he stars on every team he touches. Williams was one of the standout players of an AAU team that had LeBron James‘ son, Bronny featured on the roster and continues to rise in draft stock around the world.
We’re not bringing up Williams because of his incredible basketball talent—though it’s certainly what brought him to national attention. What we’re scouting ahead here are Mikey’s personality and outspoken nature. In light of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless others at the hands of police, Williams at only 15 years old, has a platform that he’s putting to good use.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 14, 2020
In an interview with renowned sports media figure Taylor Rooks of Bleacher Report, Williams spoke about the possibility of attending an HBCU instead of a big-name program as a means of bringing relevance to one of these national programs.
I’ve always looked into going to an HBCU; my mom went to Hampton, and she put it in my head early, with my social media following and influence I feel that I have a chance to change sports forever. A lot of athletes are so star struck by big-name schools and coaches that they forget they control their own narrative. If there’s anybody that is getting paid from me being at their school I’d want it to be my own people. It’s all about timing and situation. I support the black community to the fullest and any way possible I can help I’m going to do so no matter what it is.
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How often do you hear 15-year-olds speaking with this level of conviction and passion about societal issues? Williams knows that he has power in his talent and that with it, he can bring about great change. It reminds me of the way Spurs players like Lonnie Walker IV and DeMar DeRozan have been using their platforms to promote racial justice and speak up for what they believe in.
San Antonio is notorious for prioritizing people over players, drafting based on personality as well as on-court fit. Granted it’ll be four years before he’s drafted, Williams is the type of individual who wants to use his talent to create a better world. That’s the kind of mentality that head coach Gregg Popovich has used to build a dynasty in the silver and black.
Besides the great person he’s shaping up to be, Williams is a killer on the court. He’s already got the support of LeBron, Lou Williams and DeMarcus Cousins as one of the most highly-touted high school recruits of the last 10 years. He’s a multi-positional defender with high basketball IQ and many years of growth ahead of him to continue his pursuit of an NBA career.
We’ll check back in on this in a few years, but get used to hearing the name Mikey Williams. He’s going to be around for a long time and when the time comes for him to get drafted, the quality of his character might be enough to land him in silver and black.