Cardinal Authority has a Q&A with Fort Wayne, Ind., Snider High School senior Malik Williams, who recently committed to the University of Louisville. The 7-foot Williams is the No. 30 player in the Class of 2017 nationally.
Williams is the first commitment in the '17 class for the Cardinals.
Cardinal Authority: What was Louisville pitch during the recruiting process?
Malik Williams: "That they will develop me the way that I need to be developed and they like my versatility and what I can bring to their team. I've built a nice relationship with (the coaches) and they are all really nice guys. They say I fit in with the team they have, which is good."
CA: Louisville made you a priority during the summer, did it feel that way to you? (Note: The Cardinals had at least one staff member at all 27 of his AAU games in July, with two or three at many).
Williams: "Yeah, they were always in contact. I talk to them a lot. I talked to coach (Kenny) Johnson and heard from coach (Rick) Pitino a lot. They really stayed in contact."
CA: You played with Team Legit in the summer. You could have played with any number of other shoe-sponsored teams, but decided to stick with those guys. Why did you do that?
Williams: "They were like family. A lot of us had been playing together since we were in the fifth grade. Going into my freshman year, I went to change (teams) and I did but it wasn't the same. So I came back. Those guys are all like brothers to me."
CA: When you visited Louisville you got to see coach Pitino put his current team through an individual instruction session. What did you think of that session, it's something a lot of recruits point out?
Williams: "It was the first time I had seen that and it was really nice. It really looked good for the players and really showed me just how they develop guys. You can see how they develop with that kind of instruction."
CA: Anything else that stuck out on the visit?
Williams: "Yeah, it was just nice to get to meet the whole basketball staff. They're really nice guys and I like the other players also. I think of all the gym was really nice and impressed me a lot. I liked the KFC Yum Center a lot."
CA: You are close to your mother I know. Did you want to stay close for her?
Williams: "We talked about it and she didn't really mind, but she didn't want me to go too far. She's been there since day one and she knows more than me about the colleges, so she was a big factor."