Joshua Williams will be attending a new high school this year, and he will be doing so as a University of Akron basketball recruit.
Williams, who is entering his junior year, said Thursday that he will not be back at Barberton this school year, and that he and his younger brother, freshman Jonathan Williams, have applied to St. Vincent-St. Mary.
“I feel like it is a good fit education-wise, especially,” Joshua Williams said. “A lot of things that they do education-wise is a step up from Barberton, and they also have a good basketball program, too.
“It was a really difficult decision because we made such a big impact on the community in Barberton and have a lot of friends. It was hard. When I am going around Barberton, it feels a little different.”
He said they should know if they are accepted into St. V-M “in the next week.”
Their father, Jerry Williams II, said St. V-M is a better environment for his sons.
“It’s a better opportunity academically and athletically,” he said. “The things that are taking place at St. Vincent-St. Mary are good for what we want to do for our sons, and what we want to see them accomplish in their lives in the future.”
The family is also moving.
“We will not be returning to Barberton if that is the case,” he said about his sons possibly not being accepted to St. V-M. “At this point, I do not know where they will be attending if they don’t get accepted to St. Vincent-St. Mary. We will be moved out of the Barberton district by the middle of next week. We are moving into Akron.”
Per OHSAA rules, Joshua would have to sit out half of the upcoming 22-game regular season because he is transferring. Jonathan is eligible the full season because he is a freshman.
Joshua, 16, is a 6-foot-2, 185-pound guard. He earned Associated Press All-Ohio Division I second-team honors as a sophomore after averaging about 20 points, five assists and four steals per game.
“I chose to commit to Akron because I feel like it is a good fit,” he said. “They are family oriented and I like that. It is also close to home and my parents went there. I know what it is like at Akron.”
UA won the 2013 Mid-American Conference championship and appeared in the NCAA Tournament.
Jonathan, 14, is a 5-foot-10 point guard.
“He is more than likely going to play JV, with some varsity time,” Joshua said.
Joshua said the first day of school at St. V-M is Aug. 20, and Barberton’s is Aug. 26.
“The family has inquired about admission and applied.” St. V-M Athletic Director Andy Jalwan said. “They have not enrolled at St. Vincent-St. Mary.”
St. V-M was the Division II state runner-up in basketball in 2013. The Fighting Irish are set to return 6-foot-7 sophomore VJ King and 6-foot-6 senior Jalen Hudson, two highly recruited players who earned All-Ohio honors in Division II.
Barberton coach Ken Rector and St. V-M coach Dru Joyce II had no comment.
— Michael Beaven
Hudson Explorer Invitational
Stow senior Ian Holt shot a 1-over-par 73 to tie for second individually at the Hudson Explorer Invitational at the Country Club of Hudson on Thursday.
Walsh Jesuit finished in third place, 8 strokes behind tournament winner St. Edward. Joey Krecic of St. Edward was the individual winner with a 72.
Holt tied Seth Brenneman of Upper Arlington for second place.
Hudson finished sixth, Medina finished ninth, Archbishop Hoban placed 13th and Stow finished tied for 16th in the tournament.
Kent Roosevelt finished in 18th place, CVCA placed 20th and Cuyahoga Falls finished in 22nd.
Suburban League Preseason Tournament
Grant Rebadow shot a 4-over-par 75 and Cody Conley carded a 6-over-par 77 to lead Green to a first-place finish at the Suburban League Preseason Golf Tournament at Good Park in Akron.
The Bulldogs finished 6 strokes ahead of Tallmadge and 11 strokes ahead of third-place Highland.
Brett Brown of Nordonia carded a 3-over-par 74, the lowest individual score of the day, and Zach Mosholder of Tallmadge tied Rebadow with a 75. Nordonia finished in sixth.
Chris Koza of Tallmadge shot a 76 for the fourth-best round of the day and Ryan Sherler of Highland shot a 79 for the Hornets.
Jake Conjeriti shot an 82 and Cole Guello shot an 83 to round out Green’s winning foursome.
— Beacon Journal staff report