Parkway superstar Mikaylah Williams was busy getting her hair done on Friday afternoon, possibly the biggest decision day of her young life.
Williams announced via Twitter at 8 a.m. sharp Friday that she was committing to LSU. She was scheduled to leave Shreveport Regional on Saturday morning for Colorado where she will begin preparations to play against the best in the world. Its USA Basketball 2022 Women’s U17 National Team will compete in Debrecen, Hungary from July 9-17.
“I’m ready to go for the gold,” said Williams, the nation’s No. 1 women’s basketball rookie for 2023.
After calling UConn coach Gino Auriemma and South Carolina coach Dawn Staley to tell them she appreciated their recruiting efforts but their schools were out of the running, Williams made the coach again. LSU Kim Mulkey America’s Happiest Women’s Basketball Coach.
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Mulkey can’t comment on Williams’ decision until she signs a national letter, but her words aren’t needed. While coaching at Baylor, Mulkey competed for the signings of two No. 1 rookies, and Brittney Griner and Lauren Cox won NCAA women’s titles for their coach. Williams’ commitment doesn’t guarantee the same for LSU, but it elevates the Tigers’ program to a level with UConn, Stanford, Notre Dame, Baylor and South Carolina in the sport.
The decision to choose LSU was a no-brainer, even though LSU has yet to win a national title in the sport.
“I decided a few days ago and it was important for me to stay home,” Williams said. “I saw Coach Mulkey’s vision for his program and I like it. She added the parts she needed and she did exactly what she said she would do. I saw myself perfectly corresponding to this vision.
Not that Mikaylah Williams wouldn’t have found her place anywhere in the country. The 6-foot-1 guard/forward is smart, carrying a 4.0 GPA, and she put a lot of thought into the decision while consulting with her parents. She has the body type, basketball acumen and no-prisoners attitude to make any program a success.
Don’t expect any dithering on the decision by the Nov. 9 signing date. Mikaylah Williams is a woman of her word. And after Friday’s hair appointment, she even looks like the top rookie.
“I had to do it because it might be a few weeks before I can do it again,” Williams said.
And in a few weeks, his talents will once again be on display to the world in front of an international audience.
Jimmy Watson covers sports in the Shreveport-Bossier area. Email him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @JimmyWatson6.