Forbes announces signing of Williams to NLI
ETSU head coach Steve Forbes announced his first signing of the 2016-17 recruiting class on Thursday.
Forbes announces signing of Williams to NLI
Thursday, November 12, 2015

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 12, 2015) – ETSU men’s basketball head coach Steve Forbes and his staff announced Thursday that Jason Williams Jr. (Detroit, Mich.) has signed his national letter of intent to play for the Buccaneers beginning with the 2016-17 season.

Williams, a 6-foot point guard out of Detroit Allen Academy, is entering his senior year of high school as a three-year starter and a 1,000-point scorer. In fact, Williams has a total of 1,259 points in three seasons at the prep level and is just 315 points shy of his school’s scoring record. In addition to those offensive numbers, Williams has also accumulated a school record 387 assists and 200 steals in his career, to go along with 292 rebounds.

Williams is the first signee to the Buccaneers’ 2016-17 recruiting class.

“Jason is a prolific scorer and a hard-nosed competitor,” Forbes said. “In addition to his scoring ability, he makes everyone on the court better with his unselfishness and desire to win. He showed his outstanding leadership abilities this past summer by helping lead 1Nation to the Fab 48 Championships in Las Vegas.

“He is one of the top high school players in the talent rich state of Michigan and he plays for a very good high school coach in Craig Covington. Jason’s signing brings stability to the point guard position at ETSU for years to come.”

A team captain who was ranked by one recruiting service as the 25th best player in the Michigan 2016 class, Williams Jr. averaged 25.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 6.6 assists during his junior campaign. During that season, he earned multiple first-team honors and was a second-team All-State selection by Michigan Prep Hoops.

Williams said he is pleased to be making ETSU his home for the next four years.

“When I went to visit ETSU, I just loved the school and the people there,” Williams said. “I have a great relationship with the staff and I’m excited to play for a great coach like Coach Forbes. What I want to bring to ETSU is great leadership, accountability, motivation and the ability to help people do what we need to do to be successful and win championships. That’s my goal.”

For more on ETSU men’s basketball throughout the 2015-16 season, visit and click on the men’s hoops link.