Williams Begins Surgery, Makes Official Visit

2015 commit Darien Williams won't play basketball this season due to surgery on his shoulders, but is confident he'll be ready when he arrives in Ames next summer

When Darien Williams arrives in Ames next summer to begin his Iowa State career, he fully expects to be ready to contribute from the beginning.

Williams, a 6-foot-8 commit for the 2015 Class, underwent surgery on his right shoulder last month and will do the same on his left shoulder next month. The surgery was needed to tighten what Williams describes as loose shoulders.

“[I need to] just get it stronger,” Williams said of the shoulders. “That’s the biggest thing is just getting [the shoulders] stronger. By the time I get up to school next summer I’ll be fine, I just have to get them stronger. The surgery I had, there wasn’t anything torn or anything. I just had to get my shoulders tightened up.”

The rehab process, Williams said, takes four to six months, but that won’t keep the forward from getting work in on the court.

Darien Williams

“I’ll be ready in February or March, but I can shoot and stuff before then,” Williams said. “I just can’t go full contact and stuff.”

An Iowa Western JUCO, Williams is currently taking classes at City College of San Francisco closer to his home in Tusin, Calif., since he won’t be able to play basketball this season. Because Williams won’t be playing this year, he will have three seasons of eligibility when he begins his ISU career for the 2015-16 season.

Last season as a freshman at Iowa Western, Williams averaged 16.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. He made visits to two games last season — including the Kansas game — and committed in April.

Williams made his official visit during the weekend, which allowed him to see more of campus than he did on his trips to watch games at Hilton Coliseum.

“I think I’ll fit perfectly,” Williams said Sunday after his weekend visit. “I think the style of game fits my game perfectly. It’s about versatility and moving the ball. I talked to Coach Hoiberg about that and we watched some tape of different movements and different sets and stuff like that.”

Most exciting for Williams is the three years that await.

“Being in Ames for three years is really exciting,” Williams said. “I think we’ll be really successful, so I’m just looking forward to it.”

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