VCU Basketball: What top 100 commit Kenny Williams means for the Rams

RICHMOND, Va.–  With the commitment of Kenny Williams, VCU Basketball fans have a lot to look forward. Williams is ranked 79th on ESPN’s top 100 recruit list. Williams may remind fans of former Ram standout Troy Daniels.  Daniels, who currently plays for the Houston Rockets, set the bar high for future Rams’ shooting guards, winning the NCAA 3-point shootout during his senior campaign.  Williams  should come to VCU and immediately make a difference from the beyond the arc for the Rams just as Daniels did during his four years with Coach Shaka Smart.

Unlike Troy Daniels who had only received offers from Marshall and VCU, Williams turned down offers from 5 prestigious collegiate programs (Georgetown, UNC, Indiana, Michigan, and Cincinnati) to join the Rams and play close to his home in Chesterfield, VA.  With a highly recruited shooting guard so close to home, you can expect the Siegel Center in Richmond, VA to be even more packed during the 2015-16 season.  With coach Smart’s havoc defense, and Williams speed and ability to get up and down the court in transition, the Rams offense should make a significant leap with Williams coming off the bench.  The Rams, which added three 4-star prospects to its roster this season, are expecting big things in the future as the program enters this year looking for its fifth straight NCAA tournament bid.

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With VCU’s first commitment for the 2015 season being a prominent Top 100 recruit, the Ram’s already look to be in a good position to bring in another highly ranked recruiting class to compete with their 14th ranked 2014 recruiting class.  Williams will be joining a squad stacked with young big men such as freshman power forwards Justin Tillman and Mike Gilmore, both ranked on ESPN’s Top 100 for the 2014 class.  With the number of big men coach Smart has recruited over the last couple years, Williams should definitely be a bright spot in the backcourt. The 6-foot-3-inch shooting guard averaged almost 22 points and six rebound per game during his junior year of high school and should continue to develop throughout his senior year as he prepares his transition to the NCAA.

What the future holds for VCU

With the graduation of Briante Weber and Treveon Graham, the probable starters for the 2015 season would be Jaquan Lewis at point guard and Melvin Johnson, who will be in his senior campaign, at shooting guard.  Kenny Williams will compete with Johnson for playing time, but the reigning A-10 sixth man of the year, should continue to improve and that gives the Rams depth in the backcourt. The Ram’s top recruit of 2014, Terry Larrier, will fill the void left behind by Treveon Graham, and freshmen Justin Tillman and Mike Gilmore should make for great competition for the starting power forward position going into the 2015.  Mo-Alie Cox rounds out the projected starters for 2015 and should continue to develop into a solid starting center for VCU.