New Washington State Cougars basketball head coach Kyle Smith has now landed two commitments in as many days as Seattle’s Noah Williams joins Deion James as the most recent players to say yes to the Smith era. Williams announced on twitter Monday evening and the official press release came out a few hours later.
Coming in at 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds, he will be able to play immediately and will join CJ Elleby as the only two guys on the team from the state of Washington. He previously was a commit to the Buffalo Bulls and also lists an offer from the Washington Huskies.
“We are excited to have Noah Williams join our program,” Smith said via news release. “He is a big lead guard who can disrupt opponents with his length and size. We hope he can be a building block for our future.”
Noah Williams is a two sport athlete who has a state championship in both basketball (2019) and football (2017) for the O’Dea Fighting Irish and has accumulated tons of recognition in both sports. This past season he was named the championship game MVP with 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists and also picked up All-USA Washington Boys Basketball second team, All-Metro League, All-Region, and was also an honorable mention for the All-American team.
Averaging just over 15 points a game in his four years, he also tallied up three other All-Metro league honors. He also averaged more than two steals per game in his first three years.
Williams wont be the first in his family to play for the Cougs as his father Guy Williams was with the team from 1981-83 and averaged 13.8 points per game. He also sits at third in school history with the most points in a game when he dropped 43-points on Idaho State in his last season, a season that the Cougs made the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Smith now could have up to three more scholarships still to give, as we’re still waiting to hear if Ahmed Ali and Isaiah Wade will indeed be transferring, as well as whether Nigel John will be released from his letter of intent. Both Ali and Wade are assumed to be leaving, but both still appear on WSU’s roster. John has given no indication of his intent one way or the other.
This brings Smith’s 2019 class unofficially up to five, as he’s now secured commitments from four other recruits: Deion James (whose grad transfer has been officially announced by the school), junior college transfers Daron Henson and Isaac Bonton (the former of which has already signed an LOI), and Australian high schooler Ryan Rapp.