The Nevada Wolf Pack picked up a commitment from junior college star Sam Williams on Monday as first reported by Chris Murray of the Reno Gazette Journal. Williams is originally from Reno, Nevada, and was a star player at Hug High School where he averaged 24 points per game before attending Mount San Jacinto College where in his second season, he was named the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference player of the year while averaged 25.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while shooting 54 percent from the field and 42 percent from the three point line.
Williams, who projects as a small forward at Nevada, originally committed to Cal State Fullerton but backed out when things did not work out between him and Titans so he reopened his recruitment and received scholarship offers from Gonzaga, Mississippi State, San Jose State, Idaho State and Cal State Bakersfield before committing to the Wolf Pack.
For Williams, his dream of playing for the Wolf Pack has come true, "Its always been a dream to play in Lawlor," Williams said on Monday and he also noted that Musselman's NBA experience along with his reputation as a proven skill developer and his familiarity with the staff, led to his decision to choose Nevada.
"Everything that UNR is doing will give me the opportunity for a lot of dreams come true, like playing in the NCAA Tournament," he said. "That's something I've always wanted to. And I want to play with other good players. Nevada is recruiting at a very high level since Coach Musselman has taken over."
Williams, who is the first local scholarship player at Nevada since Olek Czyz in 2010, won't enroll at Nevada until December and will redshirt this upcoming year but will be able to practice with the team while getting acclimated to the Division I level. After his redshirt year, he will have two years of eligibility and will get the chance to represent his home town.
"I told myself that if I got to wear the Nevada jersey I will represent it well on and off the court," Williams said. "It means the world to me to play for a team that I used to look up to."