Rialto’s Denae Williams chooses USF

As part of the basketball regular signing period that began this week, Rialto High standout center Denae “Mary” Williams has signed a letter of intent to play basketball for University of San Francisco.

“Mary gives us an outstanding presence in the paint,” USF coach Jennifer Azzi said on the school’s web site. “She averaged 18 rebounds per game! Her strength and rebounding ability will make her an incredible force in the West Coast Conference. I am absolutely thrilled that she has chosen USF.”

I spoke with Rialto coach Michael Anderson on Friday night and he said that there were several schools recruiting her hard in the final weeks.

“I have a lot of schools who are mad at me because they thought they had her,” Anderson said. “UNLV thought they had her, Colorado State thought they had her …”

Williams averaged 23.6 points and 18.3 rebounds for the Knights.