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Buckeyes land scorer in Kameron Williams

9/18/2012

Ohio State basketball coach Thad Matta got the bulldog he was looking for Tuesday.

In picking up their second ESPN 100 commitment, the Buckeyes proved they were more than a football destination when shooting guard Kameron Williams (Baltimore/ Mount St. Joseph’s) committed to Ohio State. Small forward Marc Loving (Toledo, Ohio/St. John’s) is the other 2013 commit for the Buckeyes.

What Williams brings is attitude and a lot of it. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound shooting guard has never backed down from a challenge. For that matter, he never saw a bucket he didn’t try to fill, as he backed up a sophomore season when he averaged 19.0 points per game by scoring 18.0 per game as a junior while pulling down 4.0 rebounds.

Ranked 52nd in the ESPN 100, Williams tore it up in AAU ball over the summer, averaging 22.2 points per game while shooting 53 percent from the floor.

Where Williams excels is behind the arc, but he’s not afraid to mix it up inside and will take his medicine by going to the free-throw line. He’s a scorer first and has exceptional footwork to get open in a hurry. An outside-first shooter, he knows his way around the basketball court and can get his shot off quick.

Once he hits Matta’s weight room and packs on some size, Williams’ game will be even better.

Williams fits a need as well. When he arrives in Columbus next fall, point guard Aaron Craft and shooting guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. will be seniors. Shannon Scott will be a junior, and Williams could figure in the rotation along with incoming freshman Amedeo Della Valle.