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Wayne senior fell in love with everything UD has


One or two recruits sit behind the bench at UD Arena during most games, usually with their coach or friends and family members next to them.

Xeyrius Williams has been one of those players for the last couple of years. He has seen the Flyers play Rhode Island, Saint Bonaventure, Saint Joseph’s and Duquesne, to name a few.

When the 6-foot-8 Wayne High School senior verbally committed to UD on Sunday night, it ended a long recruiting process.

“It being close to home, when I visited, I fell in love with everything they had,” Williams said.

Williams announced his commitment on Twitter, posting a photo of himself standing in front of a sign that reads, “All In.”

“Told them I was ALL IN,” Williams wrote. “I enjoyed the ride, but it feels good to say I’m committed to UD! I’m going to be a Flyer.”

Williams averaged 11.8 points and 9.8 rebounds last season. He shot 51 percent from the floor and also showed accuracy from 3-point range, making 26-of-57 shots (46 percent).

Williams, who grew up in Springfield before moving to Wayne for his freshman year, said he can play inside and out. He can drive to the basket or play with his back to the basket.

Williams is the first member of the class of 2015 to commit to UD. Many Mid-American Conference schools recruited him, and he said other A-10 schools were looking at him, too.

“UD was the one that stood out,” he said. “Their fan support alone made them special.”

Watching the Flyers during their run to the Elite Eight in March influenced Williams.

“I knew they were doing something special all along,” he said. “Knowing I get a chance to be a part of it, that means a lot to me.”

With his college decision out of the way, Williams can focus on his senior year. He said the Warriors’ goal is a state championship this season. They return their three top scorers, including Ahmad Wagner (13.5) and D’Mitrik Trice (11.5), from a team that went 21-5 and reached the Division I regional semifinals.

Williams doesn’t plan to use his commitment as an excuse to take anything for granted.

“I’ve still got to find a way to keep working,” he said.


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