Clemson University

Orlando PF Malik William commits to Clemson basketball

Clemson’s basketball team gained a new member in its 2017 class as power forward Malik William of Orlando, Fla., announced his commitment to the Tigers Wednesday.

Along with Clemson, the 6-foot-7 200 pound William had offers from Connecticut, Northern Arizona, South Florida, Duquesne and West Virginia. He also had interest from Florida, Florida State and Miami.

The Tigers lose their star forward Jaron Blossomgame after this season so William sees a spot for himself in the lineup right away.

“I was looking and seeing that this was his last year, and it was my thought I could come in and play as a freshman,” William said. “So I made the decision that way. They are getting an outstanding player who can control the game. I feel like I play offense as well as I play defense. I can block shots and rebound, but I also can step out and hit the three-pointer. I like to bring the ball up the court, and I like to move and get the ball in my hands.”

William joins Daniel SG A.J. Oliver as the second member of the Tigers’ 2017 class.