Together, they helped lead New Haven to a Michigan Class B state championship. Now, Romeo Weems and Eric Williams are trying to figure out what comes next.
The difference is that Weems has a lot more time. As a sophomore, he was named Class B player of the year by the Associated Press while racking up a handful of Division I scholarship offers. But the Rockets wouldn’t have won a title without the heady play of Williams, a senior who is just starting to generate recruiting interest.
Things have mostly stayed the same in recent weeks for Weems, who holds offers from Ohio State, Michigan State, Creighton, Oakland and Detroit. But interest has grown in the 6-foot-4 Williams, mainly from Youngstown State and Western Michigan.
“Most schools want to get me on a visit and things are definitely picking up,” he told the Dispatch. “I think Youngstown State is going to offer when I go on my visit. They want to get me there to play with the team. I’m visiting Arkansas Pine Bluff.”
Entering the state final, Williams was averaging 21 points and 6.5 rebounds. He was named second-team all-state.
“He was real important (to our success),” Weems said of Williams. “He scored a lot for us. He was another lengthy, athletic guy. He had a lot of good scoring nights. He had 50 and 40 and some 30s (points in games). He was a big part of the team.”
Since winning the championship, Weems said things have been quiet on the recruiting front. That could change this weekend, he said, when he heads to Grand Rapids, Michigan, to play AAU ball. Despite that, the sophomore said Ohio State continues to keep in contact.
“I talk to them, and when I do I talk to (assistant) coach (Chris) Jent a lot,” Weems said. “He tells me he likes watching me play and how unselfish I am and how smart I play and that they really want me to come there. Stuff like that.”
Weems doesn’t have any school visits planned. He was on hand in late February to see the Buckeyes lose to Nebraska in a game they led by five points with 32 seconds to play but said their rough season doesn’t impact his eventual decision.
“(Coach Thad Matta) just talked after the game about what to do in certain situations as a player,” he said. “Like if they have a jump ball, you’ve got to call timeout or you’ve got to be tougher with the ball. Stuff like that. I’m only a sophomore, so the team is going to be a whole different team by the time I get there.”
Williams, too, said he talks to Jent and has done so since the start of March.
“They’re recruiting me medium,” he said of the Buckeyes. “He came to a few of my games and liked me, but not having the other coaching staff see me, I think, was the problem. They were so busy with other recruits. He wants me, but it’s not really up to him.”
Weems is already ranked as a five-star prospect by ESPN and a four-star prospect by 247Sports. Despite his senior season, Williams doesn’t appear in any of the major databases.
The younger New Haven standout said he’s not in any hurry to make a decision. Williams said the two hadn’t really discussed the possibility of playing together until “the Ohio State thing” but downplayed the possibility.
Regardless of what comes next, both players have a championship to celebrate.
“We set that goal first day of practice, and we did it, so it was exciting” Weems said. “It was a fun season for me and the guys."
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