RICHMOND, Va. – One of the most highly-touted recruiting classes in VCU basketball history is now official as four future Rams signed National Letters of Intent this week.
Point guard Jonathan Williams (Richmond, Va./St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.), wing Terry Larrier (Bronx, N.Y./The Phelps School) and forwards Justin Tillman (Detroit, Mich./Pershing) and Michael Gilmore (Tallahassee, Fla./Rickards) officially signed on to play for Head Coach Shaka Smart and the Rams next season. The foursome is rated as the 12th-best recruiting class in the country by ESPN.com.
"We're very excited about this group because all four young men possess the talent, drive and work ethic to be outstanding members of our team," Smart said. "It's a class that can contribute to a great deal of winning at VCU."
Williams (pictured, right) (6'0", 175 lbs) grew up in Richmond before moving to New Jersey, where he attends St. Benedict's Prep, the same high school as current Ram Melvin Johnson. The jet-quick point guard has been described as a perfect fit for HAVOC.
He chose the Rams after receiving interest from Wisconsin, Central Florida, Seton Hall, Rutgers and many others.
"Jonny is as fast and explosive with the ball as any guard we've had. His unselfishness and ability to connect his teammates will allow him to make a big impact on our program," Smart said.
Larrier (6'8", 175 lbs) becomes the highest rated recruit at VCU since McDonald's All-American Kendrick Warren joined the Black & Gold. Rated among the top-50 players in the country by several recruiting services, Larrier (pictured, left) is an athletic wing player who possesses tremendous skill and length.
He chose the Rams after receiving interest from UConn, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Seton Hall and many others.
"Terry has an extremely unique skill set for someone his height. He will play a variety of positions and could become a special player at VCU," Smart said.
Tillman (pictured, right) (6'7", 190 lbs) is a high-motor forward who brings quickness and tenacity to the Rams' frontline. His athleticism and length helped lead his Pershing High School squad to a 25-1 record last year.
He chose the Rams after receiving interest from Xavier, Dayton, Iowa, Providence, Iowa State and many others.
"Justin's live body and nose for the ball make him ideally suited for our system. He reminds me in a lot of ways of Juvonte Reddic at the same stage," Smart commented.
Gilmore (6'9", 205 lbs) is a versatile four-star forward who can stretch defenses with his shooting ability and affect opposing offenses with his length and athleticism. Ranked as the 76th-best player in the country by ESPN.com, Gilmore (pictured, left) is the nephew of Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Artis Gilmore.
He chose the Rams after receiving interest from Miami, Kansas State, Georgia Tech, Wichita State and many others.
"Mike's skill and basketball instinct are tremendous for someone his size," Smart said. "He fits perfectly with how we play and will create major matchup problems for the opposition."