Charles Williams had been patiently answering questions from a reporter for about 20 minutes. The conversation seemed to be reaching a comfortable and natural ending.
That’s when Williams stepped in and asked a question of his own.
“Do you mind if I say one last thing?’’ Williams, the coach of the Cincinnati-based Midwest Takeover girls basketball team politely asked.
The request promptly was granted and Williams had an audience eager to hear what he had to say.
“We’re not just looking for talented kids in this program. We’re looking for good kids,’’ Williams said. “We don’t want drama. We want kids that fit what the colleges are looking for.’’
Williams, who started the program in 2011, quickly pointed to Kennedy Myles (now at Marquette) and Emma Schaffer (now at Bucknell) as prime examples of the type of players that come out of his program.
Midwest Takeover currently is gearing up for 2022 spring and summer play and this year’s team looks a lot like previous ones. The Takeover will participate in the Deep South Classic in Raleigh N.C, April 22-24 and the ASGR Summer League from July 9 through 12 in Bloomington, IN.
“Charles tends to get players of all skill levels and they end up playing on every level of college ball,’’ All-Star Girls Report Director of Scouting Bret McCormick said. “His girls almost always go on to have success on the college level. That’s because Charles understands the type of player that colleges are looking for.’’
The Takeover’s roster is filled with players likely to be college recruits for the Class of 2023. That list is led by post player Rachel Reichard, who Williams said is being recruited by about 20 colleges. But before Williams said that or got around to anything else, he led his scouting report on Reichard with one important detail.
“She scored a 33 on her ACT,’’ Williams said. “Like I said, most of our kids are exceptional students.’’
Reichard projects as a power forward or center in college, but Williams said she’ll get a chance to show her versatility in the spring and summer.
“She has great feet and can really get outside and hit the three-point shot,’’ Williams said. “We’d be silly not to take advantage of that.’’
Krystin McWorther is the other inside player in the Takeover’s Class of 2023.
“She’s 6-1 and very athletic,’’ Williams said. “We’ll probably use her mostly at the three or four spots on offense. But, on defense, she can guard anyone from the two through the five.’’
The backcourt is deep with point guards Ranlei Freeman and Kylee Booker and shooting guards Lilliana Freisen and Kennedy Gadson.
Two other shooting guards from the Class of 2024 – Myka Richardson and Cylee Leggett – also will get plenty of playing time. Williams said Class of 2026 members Jasia Ross and Katie Wilber are in the plans for this year and the future.