The UTEP men's basketball recruiting class of 2017 received more good news today when Roderick Williams announced that he had signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Miners. The 6'7, 210-pound forward from Los Angeles is playing this season for East Los Angeles College and he will have three years of eligibility remaining.

"Roderick had 25 points and nine rebounds in only 21 minutes in his first junior college game this year," Tim Floyd said in the official UTEP release. "Our fans are going to love his athleticism, his ability to shoot the three, his midrange game, his ability to bring the ball up and also post. The best compliment that we can give him is he’s going to help us win."

A standout at Price High School in Los Angeles, Williams was regarded as a three-star recruit by and the number 19 player in California, he averaged 16 points and seven rebounds as a prep senior. He redshirted a year at Cal State Dominguez before transferring to East LA College.

"Roderick is a versatile wing forward with a high motor," said East Los Angeles College coach John Mosley. "It’s going to be valuable for UTEP to get a player with three years of eligibility who can play around the basket and on the wing and be a matchup problem with his size. He has a high ceiling and is just scratching the surface of his ability."

Williams is the sixth player that UTEP has announced as part of their 2017 recruiting class. He joins Evan Gilyard, Kobe Magee, Isiah Osborne, Tirus Smith and Trey Wade for the 2017-18 season.