Rashad Williams gives the Vikings their first pledge for the 2018 cycle. Hit the jump for full details on why the prolific scorer decided to jump aboard with CSU.

The 6’3 sharpshooter committed to Coach Dennis Felton today in a press conference at Wayne Memorial High School. The opportunity to make an instant impact and the trust level with the coaching staff played a big role in his decision.

“Trust was always a big part for me when I was looking for a coaching staff to play under. Coach Felton and his staff really made me comfortable, not just coach to player, but just as a person too. Then looking at the plan and the things they saw in me were things I didn’t think anyone but my Dad and I saw. Aside from those things, Cleveland State wants me to come right in and make a big impact. They have really big expectations for me, they are aware of the expectations I have for myself and I know they’ll push me and have enough faith in me to get me to meet those expectations.”

While Rashad was deliberate with the process, his gut feeling leaned toward the Vikings as soon as he trimmed his list of suitors.

“I knew Cleveland State was right for me once I cut my list down. I just knew the coaching staff and I really clicked and the other options started to cancel themselves out. The staff is really genuine and not only cared about basketball related things, but off the court as well. I really started to build this trust level of comfort. And then what are the odds that Cleveland State was recruiting me the hardest when the previous staff moves on and then Coach Felton and his staff step in and recruit me just as hard, if not harder.”

Williams anticipates a situation where he is able to come in and be a rotation player early on as a floor general.

“I’ll be playing point guard. Coach wants me to come in and play right away. He wants me to score, compete, lead and bring my attitude. With him being a defensive oriented coach, of course he demands we sit down on defense too.”

Rashad wants CSU nation to know that he plans on helping the Vikings get to the promise land.

“Get ready. I’m coming and I have a surprise for them. We are coming for that league championship! Got to make history.”

Cleveland State is getting one of the better lead guards in the country. Williams has a college ready frame, range out to 30 feet off the dribble or the catch and underrated playmaking ability.  We look for Rashad to crack the rotation from day 1, as he can space the floor and create shots in the half court while being strong enough to handle ball pressure from opposing defenders.

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