Add the label of Parade All America to Amir Williams’ list of honors.
Williams, a 6-10 center from Detroit Country Day, is also a McDonald’s All America. Williams was named to Parade’s third team.
Williams signed with Ohio State and was named the No. 1 in the preseason by The Detroit News.
Williams finished third in the voting for Mr. Basketball behind LanDontae Henton of Lansing Eastern and Dwaun Anderson of Suttons Bay, who won the award.
I find it interesting that a player like Williams receives national recognition, the only player from Michigan to be named to the McDonald’s and Parade All America teams, yet finishes third for the state award. Another state award, the Gatorade ESNP Rise Magazine Player of the Year award, was given to a junior, Matt Costello of Bay City Western.
It shows how a difference in opinion exists and there are other factors. By signing with Ohio State, Williams likely turned off voters (Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan members) here yet, on a national level, going to Ohio State likely worked in his favor.
Take Anderson, for example. He signed with Michigan State, which BCAM voters like. Look at Henton. Henton signs with Dayton, another Ohio school, which probably didn’t score well with those same BCAM voters.
Also named to the third team Parade is Branden Dawson of Wallace, Ind., who signed with MSU. Named to the second team was Trey Burke of Northland, Ohio. Burke signed with U-M giving John Beilein a nationally recognized recruit.