Cronin Lands First Bearcat Recruit

Mick Cronin wasted little time in acquiring his first verbal commitment. The newly minted Bearcats head coach has himself a forward that is excited about being Cronin's first recruit!

John Williamson, a 6-foot-6 ½ combo forward out of Cincinnati State junior college, grew up in Columbus but he'll play for the Bearcats in college.

"I've been wanting to play there since I was in the 10th grade," Williamson told "The fans here … it's exciting!"

Williamson averaged a whopping 27 points and 11 rebounds a game as a sophomore at Cincy State. His monster year came after a freshman season in which he hit for 18 and 10 a night.

The newest Bearcat laid out exactly what Cincy fans can expect to see next fall. "They can expect a lot of energy. I'm going to play hard. I don't know if they've seen anything but I know they've heard: I play hard every game. Hopefully they'll honor it because I'm going to come in and work hard."

Williamson felt it was an honor – and it was important to him – to become Cronin's initial recruit at Cincinnati. "It's very important. I take it personally. He's been following me since I was a freshman. To make an effort to have me as the first recruit I take it personally. He knew I was interested and I like it a lot."

Purdue, Miami, Marquette, Detroit and Charlotte were all interested in Williamson. "I have faith in Mick Cronin and his recruiting. The future is bright."

Cincinnati State head coach Andre Tate on Williamson (from the school website)– "John has worked himself into a high division one player - he has the ability to dominate a game. He is considered one of the top players in the country."

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