Williams: Oklahoma is a great fit for me

Oklahoma's latest basketball commitment - Jaison Williams - talks to OUInsider.com about his game and why he will sign with the Sooners on Thursday

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."


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