Heading into July the Louisville Cardinals had the momentum for four-star power forward Malik Williams. The highly talented Williams picked up an offer from the Cardinals during the spring and on Thursday he gave them a verbal pledge.
"It’s been a very long process and out of the schools I visited and talked to, Louisville, when I was down there and talking to the coaches, just felt like the best fit for me," Williams told scout.
"What stood out the most was really just how their staff is down there and how the players are and the campus," he added. "It’s a real nice campus."
Because of his tremendous upside, Williams picked up offers from schools such as Purdue, Indiana, Michigan State, UCLA, and others throughout the process.
Williams said his relationship with the coaches was among the many reasons he opted for Louisville.
"The relationships with all of the coaches is very strong," Williams said. "With Rick Pitino, it's a genuine and real relationship. I feel like I can trust him. He’s a really good guy. He’s a great guy and a great coach. I trust him and I feel like he can develop me."
At 6-foot-10 with long arms and big time athleticism, Williams was one of the stars of the month of July. His production and toughness increased, as he's starting to turn the corner from prospect to player.
"They said they see me being a stretch four and playing my role and if I can come in and work and earn the minutes I deserve, then I'll play," he said.
Williams, who took an unofficial visit to Louisville on Tuesday, is the Cardinals first pledge of the 2017 recruiting class.