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Matta Adds Maryland Star Williams

Baltimore Mount St. Joseph’s shooting guard Kameron Williams has become Ohio State’s second commitment in the 2013 men’s basketball recruiting class.

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The 6-2 Williams made an official visit to Ohio State this past weekend and followed up with his commitment to coach Thad Matta and his staff today.

“Ohio State is a big-time basketball school,” Williams told Bucknuts.com. “It is a big-time atmosphere. I love the people, I love the coaching staff and I love Coach Matta. It just seemed like a really good fit.

“While I was there, I just looked around and you could see all the history. It felt like all my dreams and goals can be accomplished there.”

Williams developed a strong reputation as a sharp shooter on the AAU circuit this past spring and summer. At 6-2, Williams said the OSU staff views him as a combo guard capable of playing both the point and the shooting guard positions.

“They know I can score the ball in a lot of ways,” Williams said. “Before I get there, they want me to tighten up my ballhandling so I can be able to play the one position.”

Williams said that OSU assistant Dave Dickerson – a former assistant for Gary Williams at nearby Maryland – was instrumental in his recruitment.

“Coach Dickerson was the main catalyst,” Williams said. “Whenever he would get a chance, he would call me to see how my family was doing and also to check up on my schoolwork. I thought that was really good. I have a close relationship with Coach Dickerson. He is a great guy.”

He joins Toledo St. John’s wing Marc Loving in OSU’s 2013 class. OSU can still take as many as two more prospects in this class with Matta expected to target one or more big men.

“I have a good relationship with (Loving),” Williams said. “He would text me and tell me how great it was there. I met him last year and we talked at the Kevin Durant Skills Academy. We were teammates at the LeBron James Skills Academy.

“He seems like a nice guy. He’s like me. He’s real down-to-earth.”

Williams had an excellent summer on the EYBL circuit with Nike Baltimore Elite. He is rated as the nation’s No. 82 prospect nationally by 247Sports.com and is No. 96 in the 247Composite ranking.

The Nike EYBL series saw Baltimore Elite play 20 games against top competition at four national events. In those games, Williams averaged 22..2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.0 steals. He hit on 53 percent of his shots from the floor, including 47.9 percent of his threes (58 of 121). He was also 84.8 percent (67 of 79) at the foul line.

Baltimore Elite posted a 12-8 record in those games to advance to the EYBL finals at the Nike Peach Jam. The team went winless there, but Williams averaged 21 points against the best of the best. He hit on 48.6 percent of his shots, including 51.9 percent (14 of 27) of his threes.

“Ohio State commitment Kameron Williams is a perimeter scoring machine,” Tweeted 247 basketball recruiting expert Jerry Meyer.

As a junior at Mount St. Joseph’s, Williams averaged 19 points per game. He led his team to a 27-6 record and a Baltimore Catholic League championship. He was the BCL player of the year and tournament MVP.

“I have worked hard on my shooting so I can stretch the floor,” Williams said. “I feel like that helps me separate myself. I am a skinny guard so I use my three-point shooting as a way to make a difference.”

Among major schools, Williams also had offers from the likes of Dayton, Marquette, Miami (Fla.), Syracyse, VCU, Virginia, Wake Forest, Xavier and others.

“I was also really serious about Miami, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Marquette and Syracuse,” Williams said.

Matta will have 10 scholarship players this winter. Center Evan Ravenel will leave after this season. The addition of Loving and Williams next year would put OSU at 11 scholarship players for 2012-13 as things stand. That leaves two available spots for 2013 prospects. There will be three more spots open for the 2014 class as well.

“I know they are going after a big man,” Williams said.

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