Incoming Duke basketball freshman always knew Cameron was home

Duke basketball's Cameron Indoor Stadium (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
Duke basketball's Cameron Indoor Stadium (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) /

Incoming Duke basketball freshman Mark Williams always knew Cameron Indoor Stadium was home.

Mark Williams always had ties to Duke University and Cameron Indoor Stadium, and the school and the program felt like home to him.

In his unofficial introduction to Duke fans on the latest episode of The Brotherhood Connect, Williams told Director of Basketball Operations Nolan Smith that it was when the eventual 7-footer got older that he knew Duke was home.

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As a child, Williams spent a lot of time around the campus and the gym watching his sister, Elizabeth Williams, who was a standout for the Duke women’s basketball team from 2011-2015.

Mark Williams joins a six-man recruiting class that will enter Durham in the fall, alongside Jeremy Roach, DJ Steward, Jalen Johnson, Jaemyn Brakefield, and Henry Coleman, the No. 3 incoming class according to 247 Sports.

The Virginia native is also ranked as the No. 26 player in the Class of 2020, No. 5 center, and No. 5 player in the state of Virginia, according to the 247 Sports Composite Ranking, and was one of the biggest risers in the senior class following his final high school season.

In the social media show, former Duke big man Shelden Williams, no relation, shared some insight on how to adjust to the college basketball life and what head coach Mike Krzyzewski expects from his young big men.

Shelden Williams told Mark Williams that it is an honor to wear the Duke uniform as the newest Blue Devil expressed his excitement to wear the new ‘Brotherhood’ jersey but cautioned that regardless of how good or bad a team is, Duke always gets its opponent’s best shot in every game.

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Williams will be sporting the No. 15 this season in Durham.

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Pending college basketball activities begin as scheduled, Duke will open the season in the State Farm Champions Classic in the United Center against the Michigan State Spartans.