Tuesday, July 22, 2014 · 9:40 p.m.

Mocs pick up third early signee in forward T.J. Williams

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Chattanooga’s men’s basketball program added it third signee of the early period with 6-7, 225-pound forward T.J. Williams signing a letter of intent on Tuesday. 

Williams, a senior at Eugene Ashley High School in Wilmington, N.C., is a three-star recruit according to Scout.com, and he received two stars from both ESPN.com and Future 150. 

He averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds for coach Bryn McSwain as a junior at Eugene Ashley, while averaging 14 points and eight rebounds in his sophomore season.

“T.J. Williams is a tenacious, high-motor guy,” UTC head coach John Shulman said. “He’s a skilled, athletic, difference-maker in the post. He’s a strong defender and shot blocker. You’re talking about a guy at 6-7 or 6-8 that has the size and strength to make an immediate impact.”

Williams plays AAU for Flight 22 and Team United.

“I think he will remind a lot of people of Nicchaeus Doaks,” Shulman said. 

Williams joins Christian Kennedy, a 6-10, 200-pound forward from Northside High School in Warner Robbins, Ga., and Jonathan Stark, a 5-10, 160-pound point guard from Munford High School outside of Memphis, on the Mocs’ early signee list. 

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