JUCO AA Mike Williams Joins Broncos

The Western Michigan University men's basketball program has signed forward Mike Williams to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Robert McCullum announced Monday morning.

Williams, a 6-8, 180-pounder, arrives in Kalamazoo most recently from Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Mich., where he helped lead the Ocelots to a third-place finish in the national tournament. He will have two years of eligibility remaining with the Broncos.

"We are extremely excited to have a player of Mike's caliber, who has enjoyed a great deal of success and accolades, join us," McCullum said. "His signing speaks volumes for our program."

A First Team All-America selection (10-member squad) as a sophomore, Williams finished among the nation's leaders in three different categories. His 21.2 points (19th), 11.6 rebounds (12th) and 3.1 steals (21st) per game ranked among the top-25 efforts by any player at the NJCAA Division I level. He was named to the NJCAA All-Tournament squad for his efforts at the national event and was also selected to the Region XII First Team along with a pair of teammates.

Williams was also selected the NJCAA Region XII Most Valuable Player and garnered the same league honor in the MCCAA.

"Mike is a talented and versatile player who has demonstrated the ability to play both forward positions," McCullum said. "He comes from a winning junior college program and we expect him to come in and provide immediate help."

As a freshman (1999-2000, redshirted in 2000-01) at Schoolcraft, he posted season averages of 10.0 points and 5.0 rebounds as the team's sixth man. The Ocelots claimed the MCCAA conference title and advanced to the championship game of the state tournament en route to a 24-7 overall record.

His prep career began at Detroit Mackenzie, alma mater of current Bronco Rickey Willis, and concluded at Detroit City. He was named first team all-state as a senior and was selected to the state's third team as a junior. Williams was also recognized as a member of the Detroit all-city squads, garnering third team and honorable mention accolades during his playing days.

"We are elated to add another student-athlete from the Detroit area," McCullum said. "It is one of the nation's recruiting hot beds and we want the marriage to continue."

Williams, along with Bobby Madison (Columbiana, AL/Southern Union State CC) and Brian Snider (Cadillac, MI/Cadillac HS), form the trio of newcomers thus far slated to make their respective WMU debuts in 2002-03.

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