Williams Ends His Deal; Picks Big 12 Program

Over the past few weeks Shawn Williams spent some time thinking about his college decision. After narrowing his list to four, he opted to make his pick. He plans to lace them up in the Big 12.

Throughout the July evaluation, Rick Barnes and his staff trailed Duncanville (Tex.) High standout Shawn Williams. That effort paid off, as the 6-foot-6 wing gave them a verbal commitment late Thursday night.

"I just felt like that it would be the best fit for me," Williams said. "Me and my family got together and decided that Texas, with where it's located, and a lot of other things from a basketball standpoint, that it just felt like the right fit."

Not only was Texas the right fit for Williams, but he also appreciated the effort they spent tracking him throughout the spring and summer.

"Coach Barnes was at a lot of my games in Las Vegas and Cincinnati," Williams said. "They came to Arizona and to a lot of my school games. They came down to my school and talked to me a bunch of times while we ate lunch.

Williams had recently narrowed his list of schools to Arkansas, Baylor, UCLA and Texas. His relationship with the Longhorn staff, and their currently scholarship situation where also deciding factors in his recruitment.

"They've been recruiting me since the 9th or 10th grade and over the summer I just was really able to get to know coach [Rick] Barnes and coach [Russ] Springmann and I built a great relationship with them," Williams said.

"It was just the right situation down there," he said. "When I get there, they are graduating a lot of players. Right now they don't have any 2009 recruits committed. It was just a good fit for me and a good situation."

Williams, who averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds this past season, is ranked No. 7 on the small forward list and checks in at No. 48 overall.

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