2023 Will Maxwell Interview, Oakwood (OH)
BY:Matt Reynolds

I recently attended Flyin’ to the Hoop in Dayton, Ohio, and was able to see numerous prospects with great potential. One that caught my eye was Will Maxwell. I was able to chat with him after the event, read here:

Derek – Tell me a little about your background. Where you’re from and when you started playing ball.

Will – I’m from Dayton Ohio and started playing basketball when I was 5 years old at the local Rec Center.

DM – When did you realize you could be a big-time basketball player?

WM – I realized I had great potential as a player when I first started with All Ohio Red, my 9th-grade summer.

DM – Tell me about your experience at Flyin’ to the Hoop.

WM – My experience at FTTH was great, loved the competition and environment. I went to FTTH with my dad for years as a fan, so to finally be able to play in the event was really cool.

DM – What has the recruiting process been like for you and your family?

WM – The recruiting process has been good so far, it’s always nice to be wanted. It’s been fun visiting some of the schools that have been interested in me and getting to know them up close.

DM – Are there any leaders in your recruitment so far?

WM – There are a couple schools that are definitely leading my recruiting. I have a lot of contact with Toledo – and I talk to some other schools regularly including: Ohio, Loyola Chicago, and Miami (OH).

DM – Talk to me about the basketball culture in Ohio.

WM – The basketball culture in Ohio is different. There are so many great players and teams across this state. It’s really cool to play in and be a part of something so great.

DM – Outside of basketball, what are you passionate about?

WM – Outside of basketball, I’m really passionate about soccer and golf. I grew up playing soccer even more than basketball, and I still watch a ton. I’ve always loved golf as well, and play a lot in the summer with my dad, grandpa, and friends.

DM – For those who aren’t familiar with your game, What do you feel are your biggest strengths?

WM – My biggest strengths are my athleticism, ability to get to the rim, and being able to knock down outside shots. I’m also a great communicator and a leader on the court.

DM – What is one part of your game you’re working to improve on?

WM – I’d say ball handling is the biggest thing I’m working on right now. Ball handling is the key thing because that’s what will allow me to develop my creation skills at a higher level.

DM – How do you see your role at the next level?

WM – I see myself having the same role at the next level as I do on my All Ohio team. Playing shooting guard and knocking down shots, as well as getting my teammates involved a lot.

DM – Are there any NBA players you model your game after?

WM – I model my game a little after Zach Lavine – a guy who can do a little bit of everything. He can shoot the three, but also drive the lane and rise for a dunk at any time.

DM – If a college coach or NBA GM walked into an elevator with you, and you had 20 seconds to convince them that you’re the right guy, what would you say?

WM – I would tell them that I’m never satisfied with where I am and I’m always trying to get better. I would also tell them that they are getting a leader and a guy who wants to help the team win more than anything else.

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