Recruiting: Malik Williams – one of state's top 2017 talents – picks Louisville

Malik Williams (right), of Fort Wayne Snider, picked Louisville this week.

Malik Williams (right), of Fort Wayne Snider, picked Louisville this week.

One of the state’s top 2017 basketball talents is headed out of state – but not too far away.

Fort Wayne Snider forward Malik Williams announced on Twitter Thursday that he has committed to Louisville.

“I would like to thank all schools that recruited me but I will be committing to the University of Louisville,” Williams tweeted.

The 6-11 Williams was a priority target for both Purdue and IU, and was offered by both schools. The Boilers and Hoosiers made Williams’ final eight list, which he released earlier this summer.

Recruiting profile: Fort Wayne Snider’s Malik Williams

Williams, the No. 32-ranked prospect nationally in the 2017 class by the 247sports composite, also had offers from Maryland, Xavier, Michigan State and UCLA, among others.

This summer, as part of the Indiana Junior All-Stars, Williams competed against the state’s best seniors and talked with IndyStar’s Zach Osterman about his recruitment, and Louisville in particular.

“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 said 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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