For many high school basketball players, signing day brings a sense of fulfillment. While Baton Rouge (La.) Glen Oaks senior Brian Williams felt plenty of pride the day he signed his letter of intent with Oklahoma State, the signing only heightened his desire to get to Stillwater and play.
"It's not so much that I got it over with, but it feels great to know where I'm going," said Williams of signing with the Cowboys. "I feel like with their system, my game and the coaches up there that I could really make some noise."
Not only is the super athletic 6-foot-4 wing excited to take the floor for the Cowboys, he feels even more urgency than ever to work on his game.
"It makes me feel like I have to do a lot more," said Williams. "Now that I know where I'm going I watch a lot of their practices and games and look at where I need to be at and where I need to get before I get there in June."
A high level athlete who has developed a strong reputation for his aerial antics, Williams thrives in an up and down setting. GoPokes.com was on hand in Houston over the weekend to watch him play in the Texas Jamboree and he was quite effective in slashing to the hoop and hitting on hanging jumpers and floaters from between five and 15 feet.
As much as he knows his strengths, Williams also understands the areas of his game that he needs to work on.
"I need to work on my lateral foot speed, being more active and my three point shooting because they shoot so many of them," Williams told GoPokes.com. "I feel like I can already shoot the mid-rage jumper well enough."
Looking back, Williams says that it was a combination of style of play and an early relationship forged with assistant coach Butch Pierre that made him comfortable with heading to Stillwater.
"I like their up-tempo basketball, that's my favorite part about it," said Williams of the style of play and coaching staff. "I'm real cool with them. Coach Butch used to work at LSU and I got to know him. I didn't know anything about Oklahoma State but I took a trip there because of him and fell in love with it."
Williams also felt comfortable knowing that he had another Louisiana product and summer teammate, Markel Brown, headed to OSU with him.
"It makes me feel like I know I'm going up there with somebody who has got me," said Williams of Brown. "It's not a mystery who I'm going to be with."
Now that signing day is out of the way, Williams is hoping to finish out his high school career with a bang. But, whenever he gets the chance he's following up on his future team and counting down the days until he can hit the floor with the Cowboys.
"I'm looking forward to the games," finished Williams. "I think fans are going to see a lot of made shots from me and a guy with the athleticism to play at the next level."