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Georgia G Williams commits to USF women’s hoops

Posted Jul 27, 2011 by Adam Adkins

Updated Jul 27, 2011 at 05:10 PM

University of South Florida women’s basketball coach Jose Fernandez has landed a commitment for the 2012-13 recruiting class, securing a verbal pledge from Charlton County (Ga.) guard Courtney Williams.

Williams, who has played this summer for AAU squad FGB Georgia Elite, also had offers from Maryland, Georgetown, Clemson, Auburn and Washington, according to FGB coach Kenny Kallina. She made a visit to USF in earlier this month and walked away impressed.

“It’s close to home, and I loved the whole family vibe,” said Williams, adding she also impressed with the on-going facility upgrades at USF, which include the construction of the team’s new training facility, the Muma Center, and the renovation of the Sun Dome.

Williams was Georgia’s Region 2-A player of the year after averaging 27.5 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals, and 4 blocked shots per game while leading Charlton County to a region title. Kallina said Williams has continued to thrive this summer, her first stint competing on the AAU circuit, putting together games of “20, 30, 40 points all summer long.”

“She’s a really, really, really athletic 5-8 combo guard. She can score the ball, she can play the point, she’s real creative on the watch,” said Kallina, adding Williams earned MVP honors at the Best of Tennessee camp earlier this month and was one of five players to earn MVP honors during the all-star game at the ATL Summer Slam, which the team was returning from Wednesday. “She’s really good.”

Williams is the second player from the FGB Georgia Elite squad to give a verbal commitment to USF, joining Shavontae Naylor, a 5-foot-9 guard out of Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy.

Naylor hasn’t played with the team this summer while she rehabs a torn ACL in her left knee suffered during her last high school season. Kallina said Naylor’s rehab is going well, and he expects her to be back to full health for the 2011-12 high school season.

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