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No. 1 recruit in class of 2023 Mikaylah Williams commits to LSU

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Mikaylah Williams after winning the State Farm Queen of the Court during The Takeover on May 13, 2022, at OTE Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. (Johnnie Izquierdo/Overtime Elite)

Mikaylah Williams, the top-ranked recruit from the class of 2023, announced Friday that she has committed to LSU.

The 6-foot-1 guard from Bossier City, Louisiana, chose Kim Mulkey’s LSU program over Ole Miss, Baylor, Duke and Texas A&M.

In 35 appearances for Parkway High School during the 2021-2022 season, Williams averaged 22.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.2 steals, earning her the Gatorade Louisiana Girls Basketball Player of the Year award as a junior. She’s also one of 12 players who will compete next month on the USA national team at the FIBA U17 World Cup in Debrecen, Hungary.

“In order to take my game to the next level and to continue to learn and grow as a young woman, there’s only one place where I’ve wanted to be. Home,” Williams said in her announcement video. “I’ve decided I’ll be attending the Louisiana State University.”

Mulkey is in her second season with the Tigers, with the legendary coach looking to boost the program to national powerhouse status. After losing a series of seniors following the 2021-2022 season, Mulkey acquired Angel Reese, among others, from the transfer portal to join her No. 17 ranked 2022 recruiting class.