CHARLESTON, WV – Jamaal Williams of Huntington (WV) High School has signed a NCAA National Letter of Intent to play college basketball at the University of Charleston.
“The opportunity to play at UC for Coach White and stay close to home was one that I could not pass up,” said Williams. “I am very excited to get my college career started and continue my education at the University of Charleston.”
Williams is a 6-foot, 175-pound senior at Huntington, winner of three straight West Virginia Class AAA state championships. Huntington finished the 2006-07 season ranked No. 8 in the final USA TODAY Super 25 boy’s basketball national poll. The Highlanders (25-2) were also No. 4 in the RISE Magazine and National Prep Basketball Poll final rankings.
“I’m ecstatic to have Jamaal joining our squad here at the University of Charleston,” said UC head coach Greg White. “He brings tremendous academic credentials and basketball talent and basketball I.Q. to our program. He is a big-time winner.”
Williams scored in double figures in 21 contests, and was the third leading scorer on the HHS team behind All-Americans O.J. Mayo and Patrick Patterson. He was a first team Class AAA All-state selection by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association as a senior and a second team choice as a junior. He was also selected to All-State Tournament team as a junior and a senior.
“Jamaal was my No. 1 targeted recruit all year and is a perfect fit to our situation,” White added. “He comes from an awesome family and has tremendous character along with terrific basketball skills.”
Williams tallied 400 points in 27 contests, for a 14.8 points per game average in 2006-07. He was a dangerous outside shooting threat, nailing 50 three-pointers during his senior campaign. Williams proved to be an all-around player, contributing 38 offensive rebounds and 39 defensive boards (2.85 rebounds per game), 59 assists (2.19 assists per game) and 11 blocks while connecting on 54-of-63 free throws (85 percent).
“Jamaal has the potential to be one of the all time greats at UC,” White said. “He is a natural leader and we expect him to impact our program immediately.”
The Golden Eagles, who compete in the NCAA Division II West Virginia Intercollegiate Conference, will return four starters from last season’s squad.