CHICAGO - Lucas Williamson, a two-time state champion at Whitney Young High School in Chicago, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Loyola University Chicago next year and play for the men’s basketball program, Ramblers head coach Porter Moser announced today. Williamson joins a heralded recruiting class that features two other top players from the Chicago area – Cameron Krutwig from Jacobs High School and Christian Negron from Elgin Larkin High School.
“Lucas is a great student, is extremely tough and is all about winning,” Moser said. “He has old-school values and is the ultimate competitor. During his recruitment, he told me a story of how he took his teammates to watch the Chicago Cubs World Series parade to feel what it was like to have a championship celebration. I knew then that we needed to sign him.”
This season, Williamson averaged and helped Whitney Young to a 27-7 overall record and the Illinois High School Association Class 4A state championship with a 60-50 win over Simeon High School. In the state championship game against Simeon, Williamson drained five of six three-point field goal attempts and finished with 19 points. The 6-foot-4 guard/forward averaged 17.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game as a senior and shot 78 percent from the foul line.
“He has long arms, strength and the competitiveness to be a top-notch defender and he is a shot maker,” Moser said. “Lucas possesses a winning mentality that is naturally infectious. Combined with Cameron (Krutwig) and Christian (Negron), also local kids who have decided to play at home, we feel that this recruiting class is a sign of the direction this program is headed. We are building culture with players from winning programs.”
During the 2016-17 regular-season, Williamson was named Most Valuable Player of the prestigious Proviso West Tournament after averaging 21.0 points per game in the tournament, while helping Whitney Young to the championship. He was a first team all-state selection. Coupled with Krutwig, Loyola has signed two of the five players on the 2017 Chicago Tribune First Team All-State squad. As a junior, Williamson averaged 17 points per game.
Williamson becomes the third Chicago Public League player landed by Moser since he took over the reins at Loyola. Each of the previous two CPS players, the recently graduated Milton Doyle, and junior Donte Ingram, has earned All-Missouri Valley Conference accolades. In addition, Williamson becomes the seventh player on Loyola’s 2017-18 roster to have won a state championship at the high school level.
As a rookie, Williamson was the only freshman on the varsity roster and helped a Jahlil Okafor-led Dolphins team to the IHSA Class 4A state championship.
Loyola is coming off an 18-win season and has won 57 games over the last three seasons, the most for the program over a three-year period in three decades. Moser welcomes back three starters from last season’s team, including Third Team All-MVC selection Donte Ingram, as well as MVC Sixth Man of the Year Aundre Jackson.