Fort Wayne, Ind., 2017 big man Malik Williams visited Louisville recently and remains a top target for the Cardinals' staff

Fort Wayne, Ind., 2017 big man Malik Williams visited the University of Louisville recently and remains a top target for the Cardinals' staff. He played on the championship team last week at the NBPA Top 100 camp.

With more than a dozen scholarship offers, Fort Wayne, Ind., Snider 2017 post player Malik Williams had the idea that he wanted to make a verbal commitment at some point in early August.

But then he decided that wasn't the way to go about his recruitment.

The 7-foot Williams will now narrow his list sometime in August and make his official visits before making a decision.

"I wanted to commit early in August, but I changed my mind about that," Williams said last week at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Va. "I just wanted to take the official visits. It's going to be such a tough decision.

"I want to make sure I pick the right program. I want that program to help me get to the next level."

Williams said he's hearing most from Louisville, Purdue, Iowa, Michigan State, Xavier, UCLA, USC and "a few others," noting that at this point he's "still just open with the recruitment."

At the Top 100 camp, Williams was one of the elite performers. He averaged 9.1 points and 5.7 rebounds, while also picking up 14 blocked shots and 12 steals in nine games. His team - the Heat - won the Top 100 Camp title.

"It's different (at top 100) but it's really good," Williams said. "I really enjoyed it. There's a lot of talent."

Williams said he also enjoyed a recent trip to Louisville. He said the unofficial trip to check out the Cardinals' campus was the only trip he had scheduled for the near future. He'll play the month of July with Legit Basketball.

While he said nothing "really surprised" him at U of L, Williams said he was "very impressed."

"I had a nice talk with coach Pitino and it was nice to meet their entire program," Williams said of the visit. "The KFC Yum Center was really nice. They like my versatility and I fit in with the style of play they have. I really liked it down there."

Williams said location could "kind of" play a factor into his decision, noting his mother - Natasha Gibson - will play a "really big" factor in helping him make his decision.

"We have talked and if my best opportunity is far away then she's fine with that," he said. "But she's a big factor in my decision. She has been there since day one and she comes to all the visits with me."

As far as Louisville, Gibson gave the Cardinals a thumbs up.

"She loved Louisville," Williams said of his mother. "That's always been her team in college growing up, she told me Louisville was her favorite team. It won't play a big factor, but she really liked Louisville."

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