A few months back, the Detroit News did a photo story showing Detroit Pershing's Keith Appling and Detroit Country Day's Madison Williams in their annual Winter High School Sports Preview.
Today, Williams joined Appling as a verbal commitment to Michigan State. The commitment is a significant one coach Suzy Merchant for the future of the Michigan State basketball program.
The Spartans have built a solid women's program on par with most of the elite programs in the nation.
Indeed, MSU showed off its prowess when it bounced former head coach JoAnne P. McCallie's #1 ranked Duke squad in this year's NCAA tournament in East Lansing.
MSU's was paced by 6-foot-8 junior forward Alyssa DeHaan, who is on this year's preseason Wade "watch list" for the nation's top woman's collegiate basketball player. But with DeHaan heading into her final season, there was at least a little apprehension of what would become of the program.
The commitment of Williams allays those fears because the senior-to-be possess some of the same outstanding defensive ability that DeHaan does. Williams showed off her skills by recording a performance nearly as impressive as Appling's 49-point finals performance.
Williams put up a triple-double going for 11 points, 11 rebounds and 11 blocked shots at the Convocation Center at Eastern Michigan University in the MHSAA state final game against Catholic Central.
Once she arrives in East Lansing, Williams will take over the center position and will give the Spartans an impact player to team with Flint Hamady guard Jasmine Thomas who averaged ten points, six assists, and five steals per game.
"The basketball success wasn't the biggest thing. I wanted somewhere that I could go and be comfortable," Williams told the Detroit News. "I liked the atmosphere of the team because it was family-oriented and close."