There has been plenty of aniticipation for Middletown freshman 6-foot-10 center E.J. Williams this boys basketball season.
Williams is billed as one of state’s top freshmen in the 2018 class and his presence inside will continue to be an asset for the Middies (1-1) as the season goes on.
Williams had seven points and five rebounds in more than 21 minutes on Tuesday night.
“E.J. is only 14 years old – we all need to understand that,” Middletown coach Mark Baker said. “However, he is one of the best 14-year-olds more effective kids I have seen since I have been around basketball.”
Baker, who played point guard at Ohio State and appeared in one game for the Toronto Raptors among other professional stops, says it’s important to have perspective on Williams.
“In a sense we want to speed his growth up and we got to understand he is a 14-year-old kid,” Baker said.
Baker said he just wants Williams to continue to play with maximize effort by commanding the boards and score inside.
“Some days he plays like he’s 25 and some days you can tell he is 14,” Baker said. “It’s a growth process.”