Arkansas Lands Williams

Birmingham (AL) Central Park small forward JaCorey Williams (6-8, 190) makes it a heck of a recruiting night for Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson and his staff on Wednesday when he joins Memphis (TN) Bartlett shooting guard Anthlon Bell (6-3, 180) in committing to sign with the Razorbacks in November.

New Arkansas head basketball coach Mike Anderson ending up hitting the daily double on Wednesday night.

Just a couple of hours after the Razorbacks landed the pledge of Memphis Bartlett shooting guard Anthlon Bell (6-3, 180), Birmingham (AL) Central Park small forward Jacorey Williams (6-8, 190) announced he plans to play his college basketball at Arkansas as well.

Williams, who averaged 18 points and 7 rebounds last season at Birmingham Minor, chose the Razorbacks over Alabama.

"It was a very tough decision because I think they are both a lot alike, both have great programs and I really like both coaches staffs," Williams said. "But in the end, I just think Arkansas is the better fit for me and so did my mom. Hey, my mom's never wrong so that helped me know I was making the right decision."

Williams and Bell join Shreveport (LA) swingman Michael Qualls (6-5, 200) in giving Arkansas a trio of 2012 commits that will sign during the Nov. 9-16 early signing period.

"We're getting some more talent on board with a lot that is already there," Williams said. "I think the future is looking very, very bright for the Razorbacks right now."

Williams is a true small forward, something Arkansas really doesn't have on its roster right now.

"That was another one of the factors that went into my decision," Williams said. "Arkansas really does have a player like me right now, someone with some size and skill that plays the 3. That means that if I come in and work hard that I can play a lot early and make an impact right away."

Williams noted that his relationship with Anderson and assistant T.J. Cleveland helped the Razorbacks land him.

"Coach T.J. actually played at the same school (Minor) back in the day that I did last season and I know he heard early on from his friends that there was a guy there that could play a little bit and he should come take a look," Williams said. "I met him and just thought he was a great guy and we just have had a great relationship throughout the recruiting process.

"Then he brought Coach Anderson to see me and it was like a match made in heaven," Williams said. "He likes to have his teams get out and run with the ball, up-tempo and in-your-face defense. I think that suits my game best and really think it is going to allow me to show off my strengths and help my team go out there and win games."

Williams said he went back and forth several times between choosing Arkansas or staying home and playing for Alabama.

"I have been to Bama so many times and it is just right down the road here," Williams said. "I have a lot of friends who are actually playing there at Alabama right now. I have a good relationship with the coaches, who I have known for awhile. So it was tough to tell them that I wasn't going to come there and was going to go to Arkansas.

"But in the end, you have to do what is best for you personally and my family and I just feel like that is Arkansas for us," Williams said. "I really couldn't have made a bad choice, but this really feels like the right choice. I am glad to get this off my shoulders and now I can just go out and play basketball."

Williams' Birmingham Select and Bell's YOMCA teams were matched up at the 17-and-under AAU National Tournament in late July in Orlando.

"Our teams actually played each other in the Elite Eight at the national tournament in Orlando and we had the lead with 19 seconds left," Williams said. "But we couldn't get an inbound pass in, got a five-second call and they ended up hitting a shot to beat us.

"I remember him (Bell) really being able to get to the basket, but also being able to really shoot the ball," Williams said. "I'm happy he is going to be with us."

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