Bloomington – David Williams didn't need much time to ponder IU Coach Tom Crean's offer.
After seeing the 6'7", 200-pound Class of 2010 guard first hand at a workout on Wednesday, the Hoosier coach extended a scholarship offer to the Jackonsville (Fla.) First Coast star. Williams, in turn, immediately pulled the trigger and became the first member of IU's 2010 recruiting class.
"I knew he was ready to commit," said First Coast Coach Charles Showers. "I was shocked he actually committed tonight, but I knew he'd probably go to Indiana if they offered. I just didn't think it would be this soon."
In Williams, Indiana is getting a versatile backcourt player who averaged 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists as a junior while compiling 21 double-doubles last season.
"His biggest strength is he's a 6'7" guard who can play four positions," Showers said. "He's the type of player who can go down on the box and get the rebound and then turn around and push it up the floor. He's also a great defender, he has great court vision – he's just a well-rounded kid."
Those are traits that attracted interest from Clemson (offer), Miami (Fla.), Auburn, Kentucky and Ole Miss, among others, but Indiana was too good to pass up. At IU, Williams will be reunited with Hoosier assistant coach Roshown McLeod, who was Williams' AAU coach last summer.
Showers said that tie to McLeod was huge throughout the recruiting process and in his ultimate decision.
"That's going to be the difference – he's familiar with (McLeod), he knows his ways, and he knows how coach is," Showers said.
McLeod was obviously very familiar with Williams' game, and Crean also had a chance to see Williams a little bit last summer as well. The Hoosier coach subsequently saw tape of him as well, but it was Wednesday's first-hand account that ultimately sold Crean on Williams as a player he wanted in 2010.
"They saw him tonight and all the positions he can play," Showers said. "I know that turned their heads."
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