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Jordan Williams was looking for a school with a fervent and supportive fan base in college, much like the one he's grown accustomed to at Torrington (Conn.) High School.

Williams found what he was looking for during a September visit to College Park.

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"I was with Sean Mosley and Landon Milbourne," Williams said. "[No. 2] Maryland played [No. 1] Wake Forest in a soccer game and the whole fan base was just crazy. I couldn't believe it. It was awesome; the support [Maryland had at the] soccer game. It was pouring rain outside and the place was packed, so I can only imagine what it's like indoors [for basketball games]."

It wasn't until this summer that Williams emerged as a legitimate high-major prospect. Several standout performances with the New England Playaz AAU team opened the eyes of coaches across the country. Williams still can't believe how quickly his basketball fortunes changed.

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"It's a dream come true for me. ... I didn't think in the beginning of the summer I'd be in this situation," Williams said. "People were telling me I had what it takes, but it still hasn't hit me that I'm signing Thursday. I have worked hard and it's a great opportunity. ... It's really not hit me at all. I'm still waiting for someone to wake me up."

Here's an introduction to Williams.

Name: Jordan Williams

Birthdate: 10/11/90

Birthplace: Torrington, Conn.

Hometown: Torrington, Conn.

Nickname: J-Will

Height: 6-9

Weight: 240

Position: Power forward

Rankings: Scout.com -- Four stars, No. 16 center. Rivals.com -- Three stars, No. 25 power forward, No. 102 player nationally.

High School: Torrington (Conn.) High School

Junior statistics: 28 points, 16 rebounds

Runner-up: St. John's

Other schools considered: Indiana, Xavier, Villanova, Florida State, Arizona, California, Marquette

Favorite NBA player: Tim Duncan

Favorite NBA team: Boston Celtics

Favorite all-time Terp: Juan Dixon, Steve Francis

Favorite music: Lil Wayne, Kanye West

Favorite book: The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner

Favorite movie: The Pursuit of Happyness

Favorite TV show: Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Favorite food: Fried chicken

Favorite high school class: Justice

Favorite thing about College Park: "I think the family atmosphere would probably be the best [thing about College Park]."

Hobbies: "I like to fish, hang out with my brother ... play video games."

Intended major: Criminal justice

Something that not many people know about you: "If I didn't play basketball, I'd probably do something in music."

Best basketball moment: "Probably winning the state championship during my freshman year."

Role model: "Probably my father, just because if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't have even touched a basketball and wouldn't even be close to where I am today. Same with my mother."

Why Maryland? "Because of the basketball, obviously, the Comcast Center is unbelievable and playing in the ACC. But also without a basketball in my hand, criminal justice, which is what I'll major in, is the No. 1 program in the country. So that just topped it off right there."

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