NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk State men’s basketball program added some scoring punch to next year’s team with the addition of Kyle Williams to its 2016 recruiting class. The junior college prospect recently signed a national letter of intent to play for the Spartans beginning next fall.
A 6-4 shooting guard, Williams will arrive at NSU from Niagara County Community College in Sanborn, N.Y. There, he averaged a team-leading 16.1 points per game as a sophomore in 2015-16 and was a second-team all-region honoree at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) level.
“Kyle is a dynamic scorer and outstanding shooter,” said head coach Robert Jones. “Another perimeter shooter is something we made a priority for this recruiting class, and Kyle is definitely that type of player. He’s going to bring a hard-working mentality and some much needed scoring to our backcourt.”
Williams, a Bronx, N.Y. native, also averaged 4.4 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.0 assists per game last season despite missing part of the season due to injury. He shot nearly 42 percent from 3-point range, 43 percent overall and exactly 77.4 percent from the charity stripe while making slightly more than three 3-pointers a game with the Thunderwolves.
He led Niagara to NJCAA Division II Region 3 playoffs and a 17-12 overall record, including an 11-5 mark in games in which he played at least 12 minutes. He had a pair of 30-point contests, posting a career-high 34 late in the season against Monroe CC.
Williams originally attended Hartwick College in 2013-14, where he saw action in six games before sitting out the 2014-15 season. He played at Salesian High School in New Rochelle, N.Y., before attending Hartwick.
He will become the first player from Niagara County CC to continue his career at an NCAA Division I institution in more than 30 years. Williams will have two years of eligibility left with NSU.
He becomes the second member of NSU’s 2016 recruiting class, joining 6-10 junior college center Bryan Gellineau, who signed in November.
Originally posted on NSUSpartans.com.