The recruiting trail for the Rhode Island Rams stretches from New Jersey to Michigan and everywhere in between. The Hurleys obviously have an extensive basketball background with a lot of connections in various places. But sometimes players can be found without even leaving the state (see: Mello, Steve). Which leads us to a Rhody recruit who is playing right up the road…
Williams is currently enrolled at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), where he is the undisputed star of the basketball team, and a potential “high Division I talent“. The 6’6″ sophomore has missed a majority of this season with a foot injury, but returned to action last month. He sustained the injury in the Knights’ first game of the season, but was able to score 26 points in the contest before leaving the game.
With that said, all we really have to go on in terms of Williams’ talent is his numbers from last season, which were fantastic. He averaged nearly 21 points per game in his freshman year, shooting 47% from the field, 39% from three and 80% from the line. He also averaged 4.7 rebounds, 3.1 steals, 2.7 assists, and just 1.7 turnovers a year ago. And the crazy part is, it could have been much more, according to his coach:
“He could have averaged over 30 per game for us,” said coach Rick Harris. “But in our system, he only gets about 10-14 shots per game. We like to utilize everyone, work the ball inside and Desmond is very unselfish and okay with that.”
Rhody appears to be pushing hard for the Ju-Co with two years of eligibility remaining. According to Williams’ Twitter, he was in attendance for URI’s game against Georgia State:
Williams is also receiving interest from other big-time schools, including Kansas State, Memphis, Washington State, and others. So how do the Rams stack up to those schools? URI has an advantage in terms of geography; besides going to CCRI, Williams originally hails from Connecticut, aka “the 860″. Plus, never count out the Hurleys when it comes to recruiting prowess. Here’s a quote from Williams back in August:
“I really like head coach Dan Hurley and his brother Bobby. I think they’re going to take that program in the right direction and have a great future.”
We should hear something one way or the other on Desmond Williams soon – he said he plans on making his decision in either January or February.