The strength of the Class of 2013 lies in its depth at the wing position. The Ohio State Buckeyes dipped their toes in the east coast pool of talent Tuesday and accepted a commitment from ESPN 100 shooting guard Kameron Williams (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph).
Williams' commitment moves Ohio State to No. 22 in the 2013 recruiting class rankings.
"It feels like a big weight has been lifted off my shoulders as far as the pressure and impressing people," Williams said.
The 6-foot-3 Williams, ranked No. 52 overall and No. 15 at his position, selected the Buckeyes over Miami, his only other official visit. The Hurricanes led for him through the summer but Ohio State made up ground last weekend during his official visit.
Buckeyes coach Thad Matta was at St. Joseph last week days before the official visit. Earlier in the week, Ohio State lost Allerik Freeman (Charlotte, N.C./Findlay Prep) to UCLA and their interest in Williams was heightened. The Buckeyes shifted Williams' official visit date and the guard felt the urgency coming from Columbus.
"They win," Williams said about what impressed him with Ohio State. "It's big-time basketball on one of the biggest stages and they're one of the top programs. I think I'll be surrounded by other great players, and to be great you need other players to push you so you don't get comfortable."
His body type isn’t imposing (6-3, 170 pounds), but there’s more to him than measurables.
"I have to ramp up my preparation with my senior year, continue my routine with the weights and strength and conditioning," Williams said. "When I get there, talking to the strength and conditioning coach, with the right training he said I'll have no problem maintaining my level of play and score the basketball."
Williams has scored 1,250 points in two seasons at Mount St. Joseph and averaged 19 per game as a junior. However, it wasn’t until last spring that Williams served notice on the national scene that he was a force.
While playing for Baltimore Elite in the Nike EYBL, Williams scored 22 points a game and shot an astounding 47 percent from 3-point range. Williams is a natural scorer. He’s the guy who has the innate knack for putting the ball in the bucket.
“His toughness is the key,” Mount St. Joseph coach Pat Clatchey said. “They can measure your height and weight with a tape measure and a scale, but there’s no measuring your heart and toughness. The time and effort that he puts in, it's max effort. He doesn’t just put up shots, he’s accomplishing things.
“He can score and shoot at a high level. The one thing people really don’t understand about him is that he’s a tremendous athlete. He’s deceptive with his bounce, his movement and his quickness.”
The Buckeyes also own a pledge from small forward Marc Loving (Toledo, Ohio/St. John’s), ranked No. 57 in the ESPN 100. Matta has scholarships at his disposal this season after losing Jared Sullinger and William Buford to the NBA and graduation, respectively.