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St. John's nabs Rivals150 guard Greg Williams Jr.

St. John’s ended the early signing period on a strong note with its first Rivals150 pledge coming in the form of 6-foot-3 scoring guard Greg Williams Jr. A capable ball handler that can score, distribute and defend, Williams is a strong addition for Chris Mullin and his program.

Bringing great athleticism to the backcourt and versatility in playing either guard position, Williams chose the Red Storm over Tulane and Nevada. The Rivals150 prospect heard various overtures from other power conference programs but after taking official visits to each of the schools, it was St. John’s that was able to celebrate his commitment on Wednesday.

Williams talked about his decision to commit to the Big East program. "They made me feel comfortable with everything. It is a real calm area in Queens and is a place that I can maximize my talents," he said. "Their playing style really fits me to our playing style. After watching them play, I know that I can thrive in their system."

Playing on the Nike EYBL circuit alongside prospects headed to Oklahoma, LSU and Baylor, Williams Jr. was the perfect complimentary piece on the perimeter. The four-star guard made half of his field goal tries as he averaged close to seven points, four rebounds and two assists per game, all while doing so in less than 17 minutes of action.

The second commitment in the 2018 class, there are no glaring holes to fill in the backcourt for St. John’s next year as all of its guards are sophomores or younger. Williams Jr. should be able to contribute early though, thanks to his defensive value and athleticism, as he will be joined by 6-foot-9 big man Josh Roberts next fall.