James Hale talks with Kelvin Sampson's latest catch in juco Jaison Williams, who verbaled to the Sooners on Tuesday. He is a 6-foot-2 combo guard who averaged 14.6 ppg last season at the College of Southern Idaho. He played as a freshmen as Xavier and is originally from Aurora, Colo.
JH: Jaison, congratulations on your commitment to OU. Have you signed the papers yet?
JW: "I will sign those papers on Thursday, but it is a done deal. In my mind I have already signed them and I am very excited about it."
JH: You started your career at Xavier, so what happened after your freshman year and how did you wind up at Southern Idaho?
JW: "I was recruited at Xavier by Skip Prosser, who is now at Wake Forest. I inherited a coach in Thad Matta at Xavier, who I learned a lot from, but he just wasn't a fit for me. So, I decided to transfer and I knew coach (Guy) Beach and I just shined. It was awesome there."
JH: Talk about your sophomore season in Idaho?
JW: "I had a fun season. We had a couple of transfers in and we played well. I don't know what my stats were exactly, but I had fun. We ran through our offense very well and Coach Beach let me do a lot of things. He got my confidence back and I am thankful that I got an opportunity to play for Coach Beach."
JH: Do you consider yourself a combo guard?
JW: "I played a lot of point guard my freshman year at Xavier, then I played the two guard here at Southern Idaho. But in tight situations I played the point. Basically, I guess I am a combo guard because I play both the point and the shooting guard."
JH: How did you get interested in Oklahoma?
JW: "Oklahoma is a great, great program as you already know. I have been following them for a couple of years. I watched them beat Maryland at home last year and that was something that really impressed me. Oklahoma is a great Big 12 program and since I am from Colorado (Aurora) that impressed me because I get to play closer to home. Oklahoma is just a big-time program and presents a big stage for me to showcase my talents. Coach Sampson is a great coach and a great disciplinarian, which is something that I need. Oklahoma is just a great fit for me and I think I can grow there as a player and as a person. It was an easy decision."
JH: Have you been a long-time fan of Oklahoma?
JW: "I have been a long-time fan. When Oklahoma started writing me and started to develop a relationship with me during the season, that really got my interest. Then when I started talking to Coach Sampson on the phone I realized that Oklahoma was a great fit for me."
JH: Who else was involved in your recruiting?
JW: "Actually, it really didn't come down to anybody else. I decided ever since Oklahoma started to recruit me that was where I wanted to go. At first I was shocked that they were recruiting me, but I was very happy about it and when they offered I didn't hesitate to commit to them. I just ran with it when Oklahoma showed an interest in me. Pepperdine, West Virginia and Fresno State offered as well, but Oklahoma was the perfect fit for me."
JH: Describe your style of play and how it will fit in at Oklahoma?
JW: "My goal is to win some games and I want to get back to the NCAA Tournament. That was one of the reasons why I am going to Oklahoma, because I want to play in the NCAA Tournament again. My goal is to win the conference championship and just win games. I know that is really kind of simple, but that is the ultimate goal isn't it? I have a couple of personal goals that I plan on achieving and everything is going to take care of itself there."
JH: Will you be a point guard or a wing guard at OU?
JW: "I am classified as a combo guard, so I will play wherever Coach Sampson wants me to play. Whatever Coach Sampson needs I will do, because it doesn't really matter. I just want to fit in with the team and help them in any way that I can."
JH: How would you describe your individual style of play?
JW: "I play within the game. I don't take any wild shots and I don't take any bad shots. I understand the game pretty well and I like to shoot the ball, I am not going to lie. However, I have always been a guard who has always been the leader on the floor and I am always looking at my coach getting instructions on what he wants us to do. I am not really sure how I would classify my game, but I feel I can do a lot of things."
Williams: Oklahoma is a great fit for me
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