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Eric Williams Verbally Commits to Duquesne



Courtesy of Eric Williams

It didn’t take long for Eric Williams to buy into what Keith Dambrot was selling.

While on his official visit to Duquesne this weekend, the Michigan native decided he wanted to attend Duquesne University.

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Williams is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from New Haven High School in New Haven, Michigan. Pittsburgh Sports Now talked with Williams immediately after making his decision.

“Coach Dambrot is a really good coach. Looking at his background and his resume, I feel that he can really help me get to where I want to go. That plus the coaching staff, the facilities and what they have for the future is why I committed,” said Williams.

“Plus, academics were the main thing. The academics advisors that they have are great. Duquesne just seemed like a great fit for me.”

Williams didn’t have an extensive relationship with Dambrot prior to the visit but did with Duquesne assistant Charles Thomas.

“He saw me play in the state finals and he watched me play during my junior year in AAU ball. Coach Thomas was the main one that got on me, got me to visit, they worked me out and liked what they saw,” said Williams.

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“I feel like my strength is my defense, me being able to defend is what they liked the most. I also have the ability to score. I can play either the 1, 2 or 3 on the court so they can use me off the wing, the guard, have me bring it up. I think they plan on taking advantage of me being versatile.”

This was the Michigan natives first visit to Pittsburgh and feels like he’s going to love his new home.

“I loved the campus. I liked the city, it was real nice and it’s a lot different from Michigan, a lot more social around here.”

With the transition going on, Williams knows that if he’s able to prove himself, he’ll have a chance to play during his freshman season.

“Like any coach, he didn’t guarantee I’d play but said that play well and work hard the ceiling is high for me to play a lot.”

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