Brian Williams is athletic and versatile enough to play guard or out on the wing. He played the two, three and four spot as a junior and averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds a game.
The 6-4, 185-pounder has seen his stock take off this summer as he flashes his skills on the AAU scene and his effort has landed him his first offer.
“Coach (Trent) Johnson talked to my dad a couple of weeks ago because he wanted to let him know that they saw me at a tournament in Texas and he wanted me to come play for him,” said, who is receiving interest from many other schools, most notably, Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and USC. “He said that I had an offer and that he wanted me to be a part of his 2010 class.”
Like just about every other Louisiana product, Williams was not expecting an offer this early and it came as a pleasant surprise.
“When I got it I felt that my hard work had paid off but it felt kind of awkward because I never really thought about going to LSU because of the way the program struggled before,” he said. “Now, with Coach J there, though, I feel like he’s got a grip on what he’s doing and I’d like to play for him.”
What is it that makes playing for Johnson so attractive?
“I saw him at Stanford and he was really into the game and coaching hard,” explained Williams. “That tells me he cares a lot about his players. That’s the kind of coach I want to play for too.”
Obviously, Williams is familiar with what LSU has to offer since it is in his own backyard and that close proximity is something he mentioned.
“I grew up watching them play and it is very close to home,” he said. “They’re kind of rebuilding too and I think I could help them early. It helps that my mom and dad could watch me play too.”
Williams said that he is taking everything in on the recruiting front and seeing what all suitors have to offer.
But it is safe to say that he has a strong interest in the Tigers?
“Oh yea,” he said. “Especially since they came first. That will always be in my mind that they offered first especially if other offers come later.”