Bishop Loughlin’s Mike Williams committed to play basketball for Rutgers earlier this month, turning down offers from at least seven other school to play for the Scarlet Knights, according to Joe Straszewski of the Brooklyn Daily.
“He proved that he belonged with these guys,” Loughlin’s head coach Ed Gonzalez said of Williams, comparing him to the top players in the city.
By committing to Loughlin, Williams turned down offers to St. John’s, Creighton, Virginia, Dayton, Iowa, Temple, and Fordham. Based on the amount of offers that he ultimately had it sounds like the guard, who averaged 19.8 points per game last season, was highly sought after. However, that wasn’t always the case.
“Mike is a quiet kid,” Gonzalez told Straszewski. “I call him the quiet assassin. He’s a blue collar working in a white-collar environment. He does all the stuff to make it happen. I really don’t know. Maybe his size, but his heart is so big.”
“A lot of people didn’t believe in him,” Gonzalez said. “He was a late bloomer. He just works his tail off.”
Not only was Williams a late bloomer, but he also played alongside talented teammates Khadeen Carrington and Elisha Boone (Boone has since transferred out of Loughlin). A lot of times, a quiet kid playing alongside others with the talent and the personality can get overlooked. Williams kept working hard and eventually teams noticed, a few teams, and he will be playing for Rutgers in a couple of years.