COLUMBUS, Ohio – Thad Matta, head coach of the fourth-ranked Ohio State men’s basketball team, added a fifth member to the 2011 class of recruits with the submission of an NCAA National Letter of Intent Wednesday by Amir Williams, a 6-foot-10 inch, 220-pound center from Birmingham, Mich.
Williams’ addition to the class strengthens a group of high school seniors already rated by analysts as a Top 10 class nationally.
“We are thrilled to cap off our 2011 class by filling a major need at the center position,” Matta said. “He is a big man that can produce offensively and have a major presence defensively. Amir chose Ohio State for all the right reasons and I am confident he will be very successful as a Buckeye.”
Williams, rated No. 2 at his position nationally by ESPN, averaged 15.0 ppg., 10.2 rpg. and 4.8 bpg as a junior at Detroit Country Day in 2009-10. He was selected to the Max Preps 2010 Junior All-America third team and named an all-state selection after leading his team to the state championship a year ago.
With USA Basketball, Williams was a member of the 2010 USA U18 National Team that compiled a 5-0 record, captured the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship gold medal and qualified the U.S. for the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship.
Four others signed during the early signing period, which ended Wednesday.
Forward LaQuinton Ross (6-8, 195) from Jackson, Miss., point guard Shannon Scott (6-2, 165/Alpharetta, Ga), Chicago forward Sam Thompson (6-6, 190) and Trey McDonald, a 6-9, 230-pound center from Battle Creek (Mich.) High School make up Matta’s latest roster additions.