Jonathan Williams III committed to Missouri last Thursday.
Williams plays for Southwind High School in Memphis, Tenn. The 6’8, 208 lb power forward is ranked No. 35 in the Class of 2013 and it was well deserved. At Southwind, Williams averaged 15.7 PPG, 10.2 RPG and 2.6 BPG. His team went 28-5 until they lost in the state quarterfinals.
Williams has always been a successful player at Southwind, especially during his sophomore and freshman year. As a sophomore, he helped his team to a 26-6 record and a third place finish in the state tournament. He averaged 17.3 PPG, 11.5 RPG, and 3 BPG.
As a freshman, he was part of a Southwind team that finished second in the state with a 26-5 record. He averaged 10.2 PPG and 9.5 RPG.
Although Williams had a great junior season, he also had a great past summer. Last summer, Williams was part of the USA U-17 world championship team. The Memphis star averaged 5.4 PPG and 4.6 RPB.
Williams has been playing for Team USA since 2011, where he helped the team compile a 5-0 record and the FIBA America Championship.
Williams is one of many players that committed to Missouri this year. Wes Clark of Romulus, Mich. and Travis Jorgenson of Columbia, Mo. also became Tigers.
The Memphis star is the highest-ranked recruit to pick Missouri since Phil Pressey and Ricardo Ratliffe in 2010.
I was very surprised that Williams chose the Tigers. He had other interests from Tennessee, Michigan State and Georgetown. I thought Missouri was near the bottom of this list after seeing those schools. I thought he was going to stick to his hometown and play at Tennessee.