Mike Williams, one of the top shooters in the Class of 2014 out of Brooklyn Bishop Loughlin High School, has verbally pledged to Rutgers.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound shooting guard also considered St. John’s and Creighton.
“We as a family came to the decision that he will be attending Rutgers next year,” Mike Williams Sr. told SNY.tv by phone.
“My family, my wife, his grandmother, all the relatives had a hand in the decision-making because getting away and being close to home, that’s what attracted him to Rutgers.
“[Assistant] Coach [Van] Macon has been on his radar since the 10th grade so it was no-brainer for us.”
Williams averaged 19.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists last season on a Loughlin team that went 23-8. Head coach Ed Gonzalez said Rutgers is getting a pure shooter and a winner.
“He’s one of the best shooters in the city,” Gonzalez told SNY.tv. “They got a sharpshooter. Rutgers has a new coach over there in Eddie Jordan. He’s a great guy. We’ve met him. Mike is very comfortable with him. He has a great assistant in Van Macon. The work that they put in with this young man to make him better, I can’t be happier for him and his family.”
Jordan missed out on Christ the King guard Jon Severe (Fordham) after getting the Rutgers job, but Gonzalez thinks Rutgers should now get more players going forward.
“Absolutely, if you meet Jordan he’s a great guy, very personable. His track record speaks for itself. His experience speaks for itself and the kids will want to be a part of that. I’m sure he’ll get more. It’s only the beginning. I’m sure it’s going to be an eye-opener for him and New York City.”
Williams is Rutgers’ third 2014 commit, joining 6-9 forward D.J. Foreman and 6-3 junior guard Bishop Daniels.
Rutgers has one scholarship left for the 2013-14 class.
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