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UTEP Basketball: Roderick Williams verbally commits to UTEP

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UTEP picked up a very important verbal commit of major need as 2017 forward Roderick Williams verbally committed to UTEP late Saturday night.

Williams will play this coming season at East Los Angeles College after originally signing with Cal State Dominguez Hills in 2015, and red shirted last season meaning he will have three years of D-1 eligibility if he signs in the class of 2017.

The 6'6, 220 pound combo forward/guard is a California native and was a 2015 John R. Wooden Award High School Player of the Year averaging 15 points and eight rebounds in his senior year. He led Price High School in scoring in back-to-back seasons, and was an honor student in high school.

Williams picked UTEP over Portland, and VCU.

His current recruiting stock soared after a solid pro-am performance in the world famous Drew League Playoffs in where he averaged 21.5 points, and 8.5 rebounds per game as a 19-year old amateur.

Coming out of Price High School in Los Angeles, the left-handed Williams was ranked as ESPN's 19th best player in California, and is currently a composite 3-star prospect who can also match up at guard as well.

How he fits:

  • Size
  • Rebounding
  • Overall toughness
  • Defensive versatility
  • Around the rim scorer

The past two weeks have been super busy on UTEP’s recruiting borad, so for a quick recap....

Ladarius Brewer commits to UTEP on September 25th, Evan Gilyard committed to UTEP on October 7th, then Williams commits on Saturday giving UTEP four 2017 verbal commits.

(Williams is #13 in the dark jerseys)