April 28, 2012

Center, Austin Williamson talks Army basketball commitment

At 6-foot-8, 230 pounds, center Austin Williamson already has Division I size for the hardwood, and if you ask around those who have seen him play will tell you that he has plenty of upside as well.

The prospect from Naples (Florida) First Baptist Academy as well as Q6 All-Stars (AAU) recently gave his pledge to the Army coaching staff and became the first commit for the 2013 recruiting class.

The Black Knights' coaching staff or more specifically, assistant coach Sean Rutigliano first saw Williamson play at AAU Nationals with Florida Elite.   

The prospect out of Florida will be a welcome addition to the program and Army staff is really looking forward to having him be a part of the program. 

Williamson is a skilled big with a high basketball IQ, and who also has the ability to score with his back to the basket as well as step away from the goal and shoot from mid-range.

Beyond his on court presence, those who know him are quick to point out that he is a high character young man with academics being very important to him (engineering is his intended major). 

So what made the big man say yes to Army ... sight unseen? "It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to a school that is not only the number one school in America, but it's a national landmark," declares Williamson, who will be visiting the West Point campus in June for the summer Leadership series and afterwards take his official visit. "Also the opportunity to play under such great coaches as Coach Spiker (Zach) and Coach Rutigliano, along with the opportunity to serve my country."

Last season, Williamson averaged approximately 16.0 ppg and 13 rebounds per game.

It is still undecided if Williamson first destination will be direct or the USMAPS. Either way, he is an early commit and the staff is hoping that Williamson's early pledge for the 2013 recruiting class will get the ball rolling.

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