WHEELING, W.Va. -- West Virginia Coach Bob Huggins is big on defense.
For the time being, that doesn't bode well for Montverde Academy's Devin Williams, one of the top recruits of his 2013 recruiting class.
"I want to say that I love defense, I love defense, but I love challenges," said Williams, who was tasked with guarding Simeon (Ill.) star and Duke signee Jabari Parker at the Cancer Research Classic on Saturday. "I really don't care too much for (defense), but I will play it."
His experience guarding one of the top players in the 2013 graduating class didn't go so well when Parker hit a pair of early 3-pointers in front of Williams.
When Williams was switched off Duke's star recruit, the Eagles overcame an eight-point deficit and sprinted to an 82-53 win at Wheeling Jesuit University on Saturday.
There was a lot of good out of Williams, the 22nd-best power forward in the 2013 class according to ESPN.
He had 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting, connected on all five of his free throw attempts and added four rebounds without a turnover in his first game on ESPN2.
It was opportunities like that which appealed to Williams when he took his game from Withrow High School in his hometown of Cincinnati - where he first connected with WVU - to the private school in Montverde, Fla. about 30 miles northeast of Orlando.
"A lot of my family members grew up around him, my mom, my grandmom and my dad, so they were very familiar with him," Williams said of Huggins, who coached at Cincinnati from 1989-2005. "Since my ninth grade year, (assistant) Coach Erik Martin would always come down and visit me, talked about building relationships and go to a school where you're comfortable with the staff. That's why I made the choice."
Williams' preparation for Huggins' historically grueling practices and defensive expectations has begun at Montverde under Coach Kevin Boyle, who also coached at St. Patrick's (N.J.).
It didn't take long for Williams to realize what he had gotten himself into, as his indoctrination was immediate.
"(We call him) Kevin Sprint. When I first came down there, the whole team was sitting on the bench and he (Boyle) asked us, 'How many points you all want to average, 90 to 100?'