Friday night Evan Daniels of Scout.com broke the story that junior college transfer Jarvis Williams had committed to the Murray State Racers. Williams, a 6'8" power forward, is currently a sophomore at Gordon College in Barnesville, Georgia.
Williams was committed to UAB for a short time over the summer, but reopened his recruitment as more colleges began showing interest.
"Coach Matt McMahon and Coach Steve Prohm did a great job recruiting him," Williams' coach at Gordon, Israel Ingle, told me Saturday. "They showed how important family is and that they would really take care of him. His dad went with him on the visit and they were both very impressed with the support the community has for the men's basketball program."
Last year Williams was named a Junior College All-American, averaging 17.7 points and 10.3 rebounds a game.
"Jarvis is an extremely athletic and versatile player," Ingle said. "He has an amazing motor and is always active on defense and the glass. He has great footwork around the basket but can also step outside and shoot the three."
Ingle added, "Jarvis has a great personality and is a very loyal teammate. It's very rare to have your best player be such a great person too. He's a leader on and off the court."
Williams joins 3-star point guard Cameron Payne in the Racers' 2013 class. Payne is considered the 41st-best point guard in the 2013 class by ESPN.com.
Head coach Steve Prohm is hoping Williams can step in right away and take senior forward Ed Daniels' spot. Williams still has a little work to do before he hits Murray State's campus next year.
"I think he would like to gain another 10 to 15 pounds and would also like to work on his perimeter skills," Ingle said.
Williams will sign his letter of intent in November.
Jon Hancock is a contributor for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.
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