Rodney Williams Commits to Minnesota

Rodney Williams Jr., a 6-foot-6, 185-pound forward from Robbinsdale (MN) Cooper, has committed to Minnesota, according to sources close to the program. Williams, who is one of the country's top athletes, was considered a must-get recruit for Minnesota, which has landed AAU teammate Royce White. Williams made his official visit to Minnesota last weekend and committed after visiting Santa Clara.

Rodney Williams Jr. is the third commitment for Minnesota. He joins AAU teammate Royce White and California guard Justin Cobbs, who committed to Minnesota last week when he made his official visit with Williams.

Williams paced Cooper to a 23-9 mark this past season as he led the Hawks to a fourth-place finish in the Class AAAA State Tournament. They upset Osseo in the section finals, giving the Orioles their only loss of the season. Williams Jr. averaged 2.31 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.1 blocked shots and 2.4 assists per game.

Williams Jr. averaged 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.4 blocked shots and 2.3 assists per game as he led the Hawks to a 21-7 record as a sophomore.

Williams had also considered Miami, Connecticut and Kansas. However, AAU head man Rene Pulley said that Williams had concerns about Miami, due to hurricanes. Kansas is recruiting standout Xavier Henry, who is also looking at Memphis, where his older brother C.J., a baseball prospect for the New York Yankees, decided to walk-on. Connecticut had not set up a visit with Williams.

Williams has worked hard on his academics to be eligible as a college freshman. He skipped the Paul Pierce Skills Academy in July to attend summer school.

Williams attended the LeBron James Skills Academy for the second straight year along with White as well as the Nike Global Challenge.

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