More big news on August 19, 2014 for Shaka Smart and the VCU men’s basketball team as national media covered the news and Twitter feeds caught fire with posts about the first official commitment to the 2015-16 team. The combination of the growing popularity and recognition of the VCU program and Smart’s early interest in Kenny Williams, a Virginia native, led to another big win for the Havoc program. As recruiting power rises at VCU, expect to see the more seasons where before the current year recruits have played their first game at the Stu, the next class is signing up for a spot on the bench.
The 6’3” shooting guard is a rising senior at LC Bird High School in Chesterfield, VA. On August 07, 2014 he announced his top 7 schools (in no order) on Twitter – Virginia Tech, VCU, Georgetown, North Carolina, Indiana, Oklahoma State, and Providence. According to Evan Daniels of Scout.com the recruit told him “The fact that my family would be down the street was a deciding factor”. At the time of his commitment on ESPN’s Top 100 recruits he ranked 82nd nationally, 19th regionally, and 2nd in the state of Virginia. Those are pretty impressive numbers, especially with a year of high school play to go before he joins the Rams. Don’t be surprised if some black and gold wearing visitors arrive at the LC Bird home court this season to support his decision.
So what can fans expect to see and what is Kenny Williams expected to contribute to the Havoc style of play? Something the Rams were missing in the 2013-14 season, after the departure of Troy Daniels, was the magic beyond the arc. Williams is known for his 3 point abilities (he’s made 94 over the last 2 years for a 39% average) which will be great for the Rams. Fans really get excited when there’s a player on the court knocking down those long range shots. Also he’s recognized for some decent defensive skills (2.6 steals per game) and when the Rams have strong blocking and stealing they are a formidable and frustrating opponent both home and away. Strengths both offensively and defensively, especially if they continue to improve over his last season of high school play, could equate to some solid minutes on the court when Williams joins the lineup in 2015. Williams’s decision may also influence some other recruits to sign on early, so we’re looking forward to seeing if this translates to momentum for the rest of the 2015-16 bench.