Monday, July 8, 2013
Rutgers nabs local 3-star CG Williams
By Dave Telep
The more you do this college recruiting job, the more imperative it is to find guys a team can win with. Collecting highly rated guys is nice, but as former Butler coach Brad Stevens can attest, you win with players who properly fit your program.
Rutgers scored a commitment from 2014 guard Mike Williams (Brooklyn/Bishop Loughlin) Monday, giving head coach Eddie Jordan one of those great fit kind of guys for his squad. During the spring, Williams graded out as one of the kids I thought played with the best motor. He’s a 6-foot-2 combo guard with a beautiful stroke and a nasty streak in his game.
“We called Coach Jordan this morning,” Mike Williams, Sr. said. “To tell you the truth I saw how (Eddie Jordan) interacted with Mike. He’s genuine with his plan for Mike and Rutgers. They made him a priority. Coach Jordan and Coach (Van) Macon were very pursuant in going after Mike.”
Rutgers landed Williams just days before the start of the evaluation period, and that’s a big deal. Jordan has one less must-make appearance and can now distribute his time better to see as many uncommitted players he can, knowing Williams is on board and spreading the gospel of Rutgers basketball.
In addition to Rutgers, St. John’s and Creighton were very interested, but the local Scarlet Knights benefited from being longtime suitors for the three-star rising senior. “The phone started ringing within the last 2-3 weeks from Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Virginia,” Williams Sr. added. “It was just interest; not an offer. Rutgers was on Mike’s radar since his sophomore year.”
In going back and reviewing notes on Williams, in April I wrote down the following: “This is the type of kid I’d want on my team; big motor and a potent stroke.” Well, he’s Eddie Jordan’s recruit now, and he’s going to help the program be successful going forward.