Hoops Recruiting: OSU Ropes Louisiana Guard

The Oklahoma State basketball staff's reach into Louisiana came up with another standout player when shooting guard Brian Williams of Baton Rouge (Glen Oaks), La., committed to the Cowboys after visiting Stillwater this past weekend. The 6-foot-5 Williams joins Markel Brown, of Alexandria, La., as the second Louisiana player to commit to the Cowboys in the last three weeks.

Hoops Recruiting: Williams Latest Cowboy Commit Verbal commitments are not binding but both Williams and Brown are expected to sign with Oklahoma State during the November signing period.

Williams and his family made the trip to Stillwater this past weekend, and liked what they saw.

"He got up there and just fell in love with the campus," said Michael Williams, his dad. "It's just the right fit for him. They've got a good bunch of kids (on the team), and it's just a good fit for Brian."

Brian Williams added, "When I first got there they made me feel like family between Butch Pierre, Coach (Travis) Ford and all the assistant coaches."

Williams averaged 25.9 points, 13.6 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 2.1 assists as a junior in leading Glen Oaks High School to a 35-3 record last season and to the Class 4A semifinals. He was selected as the MVP on the Class 4A all-state team and was the MVP of The Baton Rouge Advocate's All-Metro team.

When asked who he compares his game to, Williams answered, "I don't think I play like anybody ... I don't really think I play like him but I watch Kobe (Bryant) play a lot. I try to play like him. I don't know if it looks like it or not but that's who I try to play like."

Michael Williams said, "Brian's style of play is a perfect fit for Oklahoma State because he likes to get up and down the floor. He's very athletic, and his style of play he's used to is exactly the way Oklahoma State plays."

Williams picked Oklahoma State after receiving offers from the hometown LSU Tigers, Tulane, New Orleans, Louisiana-Lafayette and Oregon State. Alabama, Baylor and Florida also had shown interest.

What was Williams' deciding factor? "It was a little bit of everything," he said. "When I first got there they showed me some film of what they like to do, and they showed me (tape) of the Midnight Madness, and it was crazy. Then I got to walk around campus and I just liked everything about it. Then that night I got to play with (the players), and I like what they did with their team."

The early reaction to a hometown player deciding not to play at LSU has been somewhat of a surprise, Williams said.

"You'd be surprised. Most people are happy for me but at the same time they're asking, ‘What happened with LSU?' It just wasn't the right fit (at LSU). I just didn't know that Oklahoma State would be my next option, but I'm happy with the decision."

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