Williams Getting Comfortable at Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Sharpshooter Mike Williams was the third commitment to Eddie Jordan in the Rutgers 2014 recruiting class. Now on campus for summer workouts and conditioning, Williams spoke with ScarletReport.com about expectations for his freshman season in the Big Ten.

A star scorer and jump shooter for Bishop Laughlin, guard Mike Williams is back at the bottom to being his Rutgers career.

Williams enrolled for summer classes and workouts in June, and said he is hard at work to climb the ladder to playing time.

“I’m not in high school anymore,” Williams said. “You’re kind of the man in high school, and at Rutgers there is no special treatment. I’m back at the bottom, and it’s a work in progress. Nothing really fazes me, but it’s a change to be back at the bottom. I just have to work my way up.

“It’s about the work. That’s how I got here in the first place. That’s how I got a scholarship – working hard. I just have to elevate my game to another level.”

Williams has a reputation as a jump shooter. With Myles Mack and Bishop Daniels as the projected starters at guard, he expects to come off the bench to contribute.

Williams has experience running the floor, and will likely need to with the lack of point guards on the roster.

“Whatever role they put me in, even coming in as an eighth man, I’ll play to the best of my ability,” he said. “In high school, I was the go-to guy and I want to earn that again. I’m very comfortable shooting, and I feel like nothing can stop me when the ball’s in my hand. I’ll let it go.”

A 6-foot-2 guard, Williams said the best part of his summer was when he moved into his room at Rutgers and begin working at the RAC.

“It’s a dream come true to just wear the practice gear right now,” Williams said. “Words can’t even describe it, you know. It’s a great environment, and I’m about to play in one of the best conferences in the country. For me to get the first feel of it now [in workouts], it’s just amazing.”

The early interactions with coach Eddie Jordan have all been positive ones, Williams said.

“Coach Jordan is a great guy,” he said. “He’s always cracking jokes. He has a great sense of humor, and he’s always having fun. When it comes to workouts, he gets serious but he still cracks a little joke here and there. I just feel comfortable around him.”

Jordan’s extensive NBA background is something that Drew Williams and other prospects in his class to Rutgers.

“I can learn a lot,” Williams said. “He played my position when he came to Rutgers. He went to the league. He coached in the league. Everything he says, I have to take to it. Coach Jordan has coached some of the greats. He coached Gilbert Arenas. He coached Allen Iverson, Jason Kidd. He coached Kobe Bryant – one of my favorite players. To have that under his belt, it’s amazing. I’m able to play under him and possibly have the potential to play in the NBA one day.”

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