Tom Zamonski (@tomzamonski)
Rodney Williams is officially a Dragon.
The announcement was made today following an event at his high school. Williams originally had local schools such as La Salle and St. Joseph’s, along with other mid-major colleges such as Duquesne and Old Dominion, on his offer list.
Williams is a 6-foot-7, 210-pound power forward from St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, Va.
However heading into today Williams had his list narrowed to two schools, St Bonaventure and Drexel.
Williams plays with the AAU’s Richmond Squires. His AAU coach Tony Squire was on hand for the event and was not too surprised with Williams’ decision.
“Let me put it point blank because I’ve been there” Williams told CoBL, “I will say this, it was ‘confusion when people try to confuse’ but it always seemed to me was Drexel was the favorite.”
The Richmond Squires has had a rich history in developing NBA caliber players. Since starting 25 years ago, the program has produced many elite NBA players such as Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Amare Stoudamire.
Coach Squire spoke highly about Williams’ personality and work ethic.
“Spiritual, does things the right way, he’s always been a leader, he’s always been a guy when you’re traveling, you never have to worry about him,” Squire explained. “You never have to worry about him being late, never gonna (going to) have to worry about him missing a workout, the sky’s the limit, because I’ve had him since he’s been 12, 13 years old and he’s developed every single year.”
A talented power forward who could compete for minutes his freshman year for a Dragons squad that will be looking to replace starting forward Daryl McCoy, it’s not Williams’ ever-expanding skill set that makes him a valuable piece of Squire’s program.
“I told people this today, that I don’t have a daughter…but Rodney Williams would be the kind of guy that if you had a daughter, you want your daughter to come in with a guy like this,” he said.
The forward from Richmond was ranked the sixth-best player in the state of Virginia by ESPN.com
Williams joins Major Canady and Mohammed Bah as a member of Drexel’s current 2013 recruiting class.