The Memphis recruiting class was decimated after the departure of John Calipari to Kentucky. New head coach Josh Pastner, however, added five-star prospect Latavious Williams to his program on Tuesday.
Williams, a 6-foot-7, 195-pound forward from Humble (Texas) Christian Life Center, has chosen Memphis over Georgetown in a close recruiting battle.
"It came down to Memphis and Georgetown with FIU being a distant third," said Williams' travel team coach Scooter Owens. "Isiah (Thomas) did a great job recruiting Latavious, but they just got involved too late and the conference is too small for Latavious.
"Georgetown came in a little late also in January, but (assistant coach) David Cox did a great job recruiting, and Latavious liked him as much as any coach that recruited him. The academic situation at Georgetown was just a little intimidating to him.
"With Memphis, it is close to home where his friends and family can watch him play, and Coach Pastner has been recruiting Latavious from day one."
Williams, who is the No. 17 ranked prospect in the Rivals150, joins four-star junior college post player Will Coleman in Memphis' 2009 recruiting class.