Jai Williams is easily one of the best high school basketball players in the city. Williams, a 6-foot-7, 240 pound senior, is a tremendous player for Philadelphia Electrical & Technology Charter’s basketball team.
Williams has given a verbal commitment to play for Saint Joseph’s University.
“I feel really good about the decision,” Williams said. “I like Saint Joseph’s. The school is not too far from my house. I live in West Philly. I can stay in touch with my family.
“I’ve been to some of the games. I like the team. They get out and run in transition. The team is very athletic. I feel I can fit right in with the way they play the game.”
Williams had a chance to talk to Ronald Roberts, Hawks 6-foot-8 junior forward, about the basketball program. Roberts provided a good overview of basketball on Hawk Hill.
“He was very helpful,” Williams said. “I talk to [him] about the practice and the schedule. He told me about organizing my time. He told me things are different from high school.”
Saint Joseph’s plays in the Atlantic 10 Conference, which happens to be one of the best leagues in the East. Williams is well aware of the competition.
“It’s a great conference,” he said. “I’m really excited about playing in the league. Plus, you got two new teams to join the conference in Butler and VCU. It’s going to be really good this year.”
Williams averaged 10.2 points a game for PET. He led his team to the Public League playoffs before losing to Boys’ Latin in the postseason. PET finished with a 16-11 overall record. In spite of his exploits, Williams is looking to improve his game even more before he goes to Saint Joseph’s next year.
“I need to work on dribbling the ball,” he said. “I want to be more confident dribbling. I want to be able to shoot that midrange jumpshot, too.”
Williams was a major Division I recruit. He had received interest from Drexel, La Salle, Villanova, Temple, Oklahoma, Niagara and Quinnipiac. The All-Public League standout has already made his college decision prior to the start of the school year.
“I feel good about the decision,” said Williams, who would like to major in physiology or sports management. “I can just focus on going to school now. I’m looking forward to having a good year and going to Saint Joseph’s.”