Williams Goes In-Depth on Rutgers Commitment

Bishop Laughlin (N.Y.) guard Mike Williams became the third member of the Rutgers basketball 2014 recruiting class Monday afternoon when he made a verbal commitment. Williams spoke in-depth with ScarletReport.com after his decision about what made Rutgers the perfect fit.

When asked why Monday afternoon was the right time to commit to Rutgers, Bishop Laughlin (N.Y.) guard Mike Williams was quick to answer.

Why not?

Instead of waiting and weighing options like St. John's, Creighton and Virginia, Williams went with what he described as the "perfect fit."

"They made me feel welcome," Williams said of Rutgers. "Not only did they take me as a part of their family, but they took my family as their family. We're all very comfortable with the decision.

"It's a perfect fit for me. They treated me as one of their own. They made me feel really comfortable. I love the school. My family loves the school. So why wait? Why not?"

Williams has a relationship with Rutgers dating back to the previous regime and was recruited heavily by assistant Van Macon. Bringing Eddie Jordan on board only made the Scarlet Knights more appealing, he said.

"Eddie Jordan, he's a great guy," he said. "He's very kind-hearted. He made me and my family feel welcome. They feel like they're in good hands now that he's the head coach at Rutgers."

Kadeem Jack, Kerwin Okoro, Myles Mack and commit Dwayne Foreman all helped in the recruitment of Williams. A New York native, Williams said he knew Jack since eight grade.

"They treat me as a little brother to them," Williams said. "I feel very comfortable around them.

Like many recruits, a chance for immediate playing time in the Big Ten Conference was a major selling point.

"Big Ten basketball, the Big Ten conference is something I can't even explain," he said. "It has the best competition in the country, so why not play in the conference? I'm playing against the best players every night."

Williams averaged 14.4 points per game with his AAU team last season and shot 41 percent from long range. He recorded two assists and two boards per game.

"They said I can be a big-time player for them, have a big impact for them," Williams said. "The way I shoot the ball, the way I can put the ball in the basket, the way I hustle on defense, all the little aspects that I do, they love. They feel that I can put them on the map."

Guard Bishop Daniels and forward Dwayne Foreman join Williams in the 2014 recruiting class.


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