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Tigers Add Emmitt Williams To Stellar Signing Class

Kent Lowe (@LSUkent)
Kent Lowe (@LSUkent)
Communications Sr. Associate

BATON ROUGE – The LSU men’s basketball team helped solidify a top-five recruiting class on Wednesday with the addition of five-star power forward Emmitt Williams of Lehigh Acres, Florida.

The signing was announced by LSU Men’s Basketball Head Coach Will Wade after the signed national letter-of-intent papers were received and approved by the LSU Compliance Office.

Williams, a 6-7 power forward from Oak Ridge High School, is ranked No. 21 in the ESPN rankings of 2018 recruits and No. 6 at the power forward position.

Williams is coming off an amazing game this past Sunday in the 17th-annual Jordan Brand Classic when he scored a game-record 44 points to lead his team to a 146-136 win at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. He broke the old mark of 34 points in the game set by LeBron James.

Williams made 22-of-23 field goals in 23 minutes and was named the MVP for the winning squad.

“We are very happy to have Emmitt Williams join the LSU basketball program,” said coach Wade. “With a nearly 7-foot wingspan, he is a force not only as an efficient scorer, but as someone who can dominate on the offensive and defensive boards. Williams is a high energy person who loves to get to work every day to improve his game. He will be a great addition to what we believe is a strong signing class that will blend in well with our returning players.”

Williams was the Class 9A Player of the Year in the state of Florida, helping Oak Ridge to the state title by averaging 17.6 points, 12.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. He was a finalist for the 2018 Florida Mr. Basketball Award.

LSU’s signing class is presently ranked No. 5 in the 247sports composite recruiting rankings with Williams joining five-star fall signee Nazreon Reid of Asbury Park, New Jersey; and, four-star fall signees Ja’Vonte Smart of Scotlandville Magnet High in Baton Rouge and Darius Days of IMG Academy in Sarasota, Florida. Days is from Raleigh, Florida.

Reid played in the McDonald’s All-Star game and had 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Smart also played Sunday in the Jordan Brand Classic, scoring 15 points with three assists and three steals.
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