Memphis-native Johnathan Williams III made his decision on Thursday night, verbally committing to Missouri and head coach Frank Haith.
Williams became the third pick-up for the Tigers from the class of 2013 and will join fellow commits Wesley Clark and Travis Jorgenson on campus next season.
At 6-foot-9, Williams is considered one of the top forwards from within the senior class. ESPN lists Williams at No. 35 overall, while Rivals pins him at No. 48. Williams currently attends Southwind H.S. (TN) and Haith’s ability to go into Memphis and pull out a commitment from Williams is simply huge.
Last season at Southwind, Williams averaged 15.7 points and 10.2 rebounds per game and with a decision now out of the way, the forward can now simply focus on his senior season. Prior to Thursday’s announcement, Williams had also been considering attention from Tennessee, Michigan State, Georgetown and George Mason.
Johnny Williams, a 6-foot-8 forward at George Mason, is Johnathan’s older brother.
According to ESPN‘s Dave Telep, Williams is the highest ranked recruit to choose the Tigers since 2010 when Phil Pressey pledged to Missouri. Pressey, now a junior and the team’s starting point guard, is a potential All-American candidate heading into the 2012-13 season.
After being shocked in the NCAA Tournament a season ago, Missouri is looking to rebound with a plethora of newcomers and eligible transfers. Pressey leads the show while Michael Dixon Jr. also returns in the squad’s back court.
During his time on the AAU circuit, Williams ran with the Bluff City Legends.
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