Jon-Jon Williams had to adjust his shooting style to get more college attention

December 19, 2012 in High School

By Patrick Hayes

Southfield Lathrup‘s Jon-Jon Williams, a Mr. Basketball contender who will play for Toledo next season, is one of the state’s most explosive scorers, averaging more than 30 points per game this season. But for such a natural scorer, attention from colleges didn’t always come for him. Tom Markowski of The Detroit News has a nice profile of Williams and what he had to do to get noticed more:

Williams used a set shot from the perimeter, not the typical style most college coaches look for.

But with some help from David Greer, Wayne State‘s coach, Williams learned the proper way to shoot.

“Some kids just go out there and play, and they don’t want to change,” Williams said. “I had a push shot then and I felt I could shoot it. The way I saw it, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. (Greer) told me if I shot it the right way I would become more consistent.

“It took a while. I struggled with it. Between my sophomore and junior year I started to see the change. It’s second nature now. I don’t even think about it.”

That’s probably a really difficult change to any player who has some comfort and success doing things a certain, albeit fundamentally different, way. But major credit to Williams for working on it. Improved shooting mechanics is definitely a long-term investment for any basketball prospect.

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