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Interior riser Malik Williams commits to Louisville

Approximately one week after narrowing his list to eight college programs, Malik Williams of Snider (IN) announced his pledge to Louisville.

Williams has achieved five-star status according to several sources, and though he played off the beaten path for Team Legit on the grassroots circuit, Williams drew the attention of many of college basketball’s blue blood programs.

Prior to picking Louisville, UCLA, Purdue, Indiana, Georgetown, Michigan State, Iowa and NC State made Williams’ finalist list.

Williams is the first commitment for the Cardinals, who made him a priority in the 2017 class, to date. He is tall at 6′-11″, rangy and can move up and down the court. Williams’ consistent improvement and physical profile project him as an ideal recruit for head coach Rick Pitino’s squad.

When he hits campus at Louisville, Williams is likely to find a fairly well-stocked court of upperclassmen already in place, with four upperclassmen power forwards or centers set to be on the 2017-2018 roster. With Williams’ development trajectory and skill-set it’s hard to bet against him garnering playing time, but the Cardinals certainly won’t need to press him into service before he’s ready.

Louisville Scholarship Grid

Position2016-20172017-20182018-20192019-2020
Point GuardsQuentin Snider (Jr)Quentin Snider (Sr)Darius Perry (So)Darius Perry (Jr)
WingsDavid Levitch (Sr)Darius Perry (Fr)
Tony Hicks (Sr)
Donovan Mitchell (So)Donovan Mitchell (Jr)Donovan Mitchell (Sr)Ryan McMahon (Sr)
Deng Adel (So)Deng Adel (Jr)Deng Adel (Sr)V.J King (Sr)
Ryan McMahon (Fr)Ryan McMahon (So)Ryan McMahon (Jr)
V.J King (Fr)V.J King (So)V.J King (Jr)
PostsMangok Mathiang (Sr)Jaylen Johnson (Sr)Raymond Spalding (Sr)Malik Williams (Jr)
Jaylen Johnson (Jr)Matz Stockman (Sr)Malik Williams (So)
Matz Stockman (Jr)Anas Mahmoud (Sr)
Anas Mahmoud (Jr)Raymond Spalding (Jr)
Raymond Spalding (So)Malik Williams (Fr)

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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