Louisville basketball gets pledge from 4-star SF Curtis Williams
When Curtis Williams came to Brother Rice as a rookie, he never imagined going into his senior season as a No. 1-ranked rookie at Michigan.
But the truth is, he never wasted much time worrying about his recruitment rankings and star ratings either.
His only goal was to earn a free education at a top college.
The 6-foot-6 short forward reiterated that fact three times after announcing his commitment to Louisville at a special ceremony Monday at the high school.
The four-star consensus picked the Cardinals over Alabama, Florida State, Providence College and Xavier, who were the other four schools to make their final five over the summer.
“When I got here, I wasn’t really worried about the standings,” said Williams, who was joined by her sister, Alexis, and mother, Rhea Rogers, during the announcement. “Now since I spent my 4 years here, the ranking is really just a number. Being able to go to a university for free is really what I’m just grateful for.”
Of course, it was a basketball-first decision for seniors.
Louisville offered Williams a scholarship in April. He said his coaching staff has stayed in touch with him at least two or three times a week since.
He made an official visit there over the weekend before making his final decision.
The Cardinals are coming off a 13-19 season in 2021-22, but they also hired a new coach in Kenny Payne.
“The deciding factor was really the type of player I wanted to be and the program that I thought would help me the most,” he added. “…When I visited the program this weekend, it’s a new coaching staff. But the vision was there, and you could tell they were ready to come in and win. When I went there, they showed a lot of When I watched the movie, they like to push the ball on the floor, that’s what I like the most about the program.
Williams is the third Brother Rice player to commit to a Division I program in 2022.
Three-star point guard John Blackwell signed to Wisconsin in April, while two-star small forward Xavier Thomas signed to Toledo in June.
Shooter Henry Garrity, the son of Detroit Pistons assistant general manager Pat Garrity, has offers to play college football. That includes a prime opportunity at Notre Dame, where his father played basketball before enjoying a 10-year NBA career with the Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic.
And junior guard Warren Marshall is already attracting interest from D-II, despite playing most of his sophomore season in a reserve role for the Warriors.
Much of Williams’ national notoriety comes from playing for Detroit-based AAU program The Family, which travels the country competing in top tournaments.
But Williams said it was playing with his teammates at Brother Rice that made him the type of star he is today.
“Those two guys (Blackwell and Thomas), I would say probably helped me the most of all,” Williams said. “Apart from my family, I can call them about anything. To ask a question, to ask them anything about a school or their opinion on where I might fit in. And I I can just gather information from them.”
Williams won’t be leaving for Kentucky State anytime soon. He still has unfinished business at Brother Rice.
The Warriors, 15-7 a year ago, enter the 2022-23 season with one of Michigan’s deepest rosters. They are also one of the favorites to challenge for a Division 1 state championship.
And where he’s going to play at the next level won’t be on his mind as they chase their title. His free education is taken care of, which is clearly important to him.
It took everything he had to not cry when he mentioned the free school part about joining Cardinals. And he even had his mother crying by his side.
Luckily there were plenty of tissues available.