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Louisville lands five-star basketball recruit for class of 2017

Louisville Coach Rick Pitino landed a commitment from highly touted post player Malik Williams, a top recruit in the class of 2017.
Louisville Coach Rick Pitino landed a commitment from highly touted post player Malik Williams, a top recruit in the class of 2017. AP

The University of Louisville landed its first basketball commitment for the class of 2017 on Thursday.

Malik Williams — a 6-foot-11 post player from Fort Wayne, Ind. — announced his commitment to the Cardinals, who had made the top-50 prospect one of their biggest priorities for next year’s class. Coach Rick Pitino was a regular for Williams’ games on the summer circuit, and the player visited U of L earlier this week.

247Sports ranks Williams as a five-star prospect and the No. 22 overall recruit in the 2017 class. Scout.com pegs him as the No. 30 player in the class and lists him as the No. 6 power forward in the country.

Williams chose Louisville over fellow finalists Georgetown, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Purdue and UCLA. He had reported scholarship offers from all of those schools.

UK showed some early interest in Williams’ recruitment but did not extend an offer.

Ben Roberts: 859-231-3216, @NextCats

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