Girls High School Basketball

Centennial’s Tori Williams commits to Utah women’s basketball

Centennial High’s Tori Williams shoots over the defense of Boise’s Audrey Dingel during the 5A girls state basketball semifinals at the Ford Idaho Center on Feb. 19.
Centennial High’s Tori Williams shoots over the defense of Boise’s Audrey Dingel during the 5A girls state basketball semifinals at the Ford Idaho Center on Feb. 19. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

After producing four Division I signings last year, the Treasure Valley has already added another Division I women’s basketball commit for the class of 2017 as incoming Centennial senior Tori Williams verbally committed to Utah on Thursday.

Recruited by schools from across the nation — Williams said she received more offers than she could remember — the 5-foot-8 guard narrowed her final choices to Utah, Purdue and Washington.

“I just wanted to choose the school where the coach would make me the best I could be, and where I would be pushed to reach my full potential,” Williams said. “I thought coach Lynne (Roberts) would do that for me.”

Williams enters her senior season as a two-time, first-team All-Idaho pick. She led Centennial to a 23-4 record last season and a second-place finish at the 5A state tournament, averaging 16.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 3.3 assists while shooting 44 percent from the floor and 42 percent from 3-point range.

The guard is ranked as a three-star recruit by ESPNW and as the No. 12 guard in the nation in her recruiting class.

Williams said Utah impressed her when they didn’t let up on their recruitment after she underwent surgery for a stress fracture in her foot in April.

“They stuck by my side with me, and I knew I was someone they wanted,” she said. “They didn’t fall off. Right as I stepped on campus, I just loved it there. The coaches were so amazing.”

Utah went 18-15 (8-10 Pac-12) last season, reaching the third round of the WNIT.

Michael Lycklama: 208-377-6424, @MichaelLycklama

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