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What Elizabeth Williams Means to Duke
By Rob Clough
November 9, 2010

Top Recruit Headed to Durham Next Fall


Elizabeth Williams, ranked either the #1 or #2 player in the class of 2011 by every recruiting service, has committed to Duke. The 6-3 native of Virginia Beach is indisputably the top post player in the class and has been tearing up both the AAU circuit as well as USA Basketball the past couple of years. She led the gold medal-winning 17-and-under team in scoring (13.5 ppg), rebounding (7.6), field goal percentage (62%), and blocks (2.0). While a capable low-post scorer, Williams is best known as a feared defender with incredible quickness and leaping ability.

She may well be the most important recruit of the McCallie era at Duke. With Krystal Thomas graduating this season, the Devils had an Elizabeth Williams-shaped hole in the roster. Beating out Tennessee, Virginia, UNC and Penn State is a tremendous recruiting victory for the program, especially since Williams is a serious student whose ambitions include medical school. On the court, she will have the luxury of getting great passes from Chelsea Gray and Chloe Wells and passing the ball out to great shooters like Tricia Liston. With Haley Peters and incoming forward Amber Henson next to her, the Devils will have no deficits in size or effort on the defensive end. She will be joined in this class by fellow AAU teammates Ka'Lia Johnson (a defensive stopper) and Whitney Knight (a versatile wing). All Duke was lacking was a powerful low post presence who could defend the back line. With her ability to jump and powerful shoulders, teams will have a hard time scoring on Duke inside for some time to come. Offensively, she's working on her touch around the basket, but she's got all the tools--including an ability to run the floor like a guard and big, soft hands.

Link to this Photo #1 prospect Elizabeth Williams (center, pictured during her official visit on 10/24/2010) announced her decision to attend Duke University on November 9th.
#1 prospect Elizabeth Williams (center, pictured during her official visit on 10/24/2010) announced her decision to attend Duke University on November 9th.



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Armistice Day 2010

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