Coveted 2017 forward commits to Louisville

Coveted 2017 forward commits to Louisville


Coveted 2017 forward commits to Louisville


Louisville basketball picked up its first commitment for the 2017 signing class on Thursday, and it was a big one.

Malik Williams, a 6-foot-10 forward from Fort Wayne, Indiana, announced his verbal pledge to U of L via Twitter. The top-50 prospect was at the very top of Louisville’s wish list in this recruiting class, and U of L head coach Rick Pitino made numerous trips to watch Williams play over the July evaluation period.

Williams was also considering Indiana, Michigan State and Purdue, among others. He visited U of L twice this summer – both unofficial trips that lasted just a day – but the Cards were thought to be the leaders in the sweepstakes for his commitment for some time.

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A stretch power forward who can even play some wing, Williams had a strong run of performances this summer for his Indiana-based AAU team, LEGIT Basketball. He has risen to a five-star rating on, ranked as the 22nd-best prospect in the nation. (30th), (35th) and (42nd) all consider Williams a four-star prospect.

A Louisville coach was at every single game Williams and his team played.

“I liked it down there. It’s a nice campus. Coach (Rick) Pitino (and his staff) just said that they like my personality, my versatility and how I can help the program,” Williams told the Indianapolis Star in June. “I think I’d fit in nicely there. They would help me play my game and develop my game.”




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