Louisville has officially landed Fort Wayne, Ind., Snider big man Malik Williams, who has signed with the Cardinals on Wedensday

Fort Wayne, Ind., Snider big man Malik Williams has signed his national letter-of-intent with the University of Louisville. The 7-foot Williams is the first of four members of the Class of 2017 to sign with the Cardinals.

Fort Wayne, Ind., Snider five-star prospect Malik Williams was the first player to commit to the University of Louisville men's basketball program in the Class of 2017.

And now he's first again for the Cardinals.

Williams was the first of four prospects to officially sign his national letter-of-intent on Wednesday.

"I am just so excited," Williams said. "I am ready to get the process going and get there to start working.

"I've been committed for a while, but this is a big step because it makes it official."

The 7-foot Williams is ranked as the No. 21 player nationally by Scout.com and he checks in as the No. 4 power forward. He's one of the elite players in the state of Indiana and picked U of L over Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue and UCLA.

Williams became a target for the Cardinals' staff back in June.

U of L coach Rick Pitino then made him a priority in the July recruiting period. The staff had someone at every one of his 27 game during the summer, including Pitino at most of the Legit Basketball contests.

"They really showed me they wanted me," Williams said. "And that said a lot to me. I'm excited to get there and get working with coach Pitino. I know he's going to make me a better player."

Williams committed to U of L in early August.


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