Williams Talks SMU Interest

Tyler Williams visited SMU earlier this year. Find out his interest level after checking out Moody!

With the SMU basketball season officially in the books and only one scholarship remaining for next season, it is now time to start focusing on the 2015 recruiting class.

With Crandall Head and Ryan Manuel graduating next season, SMU will need help at the two and the three for the 2015-16 season.

Enter Tyler Williams.

Williams is a three-star shooting guard from Hebron. At the end of the regular season, the junior visited SMU for the Louisville game.

After attending games at Old Moody, Williams was impressed with the updated version.

"It was loud. It was crazy," Williams said laughing. "It was definitely different from when I went there as a sophomore last year. It just shows how much work they've been putting in and that they've got their priority over there."

New Moody is one of the two major factors that Williams likes about SMU.

"I like how they're updating all their facilities and really making basketball a priority. And the work that Coach (Larry) Brown is doing up there is remarkable," Williams said. "With a coach like that, it'd be a fun place to play for. It'd be an honor to play for him."

Williams has met Brown a couple of times but the 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard talks to assistant coach Ulric Maligi regularly.

"I speak to Coach Maligi fairly often. He's my main source of information from SMU," Williams said. "I mean, Maligi is one of those guys I can go to and talk about anything so I feel really comfortable with them. He makes sure I feel welcome there on campus and he's always checking to make sure I'm having a good time."

But Maligi is not the only person Williams has been talking to about the Mustangs.

"I'm teammates with Elijah Thomas and me and him are really good friends. We've brought up SMU a few times," Williams said. "We enjoy talking about it and keep enjoying the process."

Williams would be a good fit for SMU. His long arms clog up passing lanes and his shooting ability would help stretch the floor for the Mustangs on offense.

But the Mustangs have strong competition for the three-star's services. Michigan, Texas, Kansas State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Creighton, Iowa State, and Wake Forrest have all offered Williams.

With all the variety on his list, Williams will be able to choose the school that is right for him.

"I'm looking for a school with good academics. Hopefully I'd be able to play early in my career. That's one of my goals," Williams said. "Location doesn't bother me whether it's far or close to here. I'm keeping all my options right now."

Heading into the summer before his senior year, Williams is focused on improving his game knowing that college ball is right around the corner.

"This summer I'm hoping to work on doing everything I need to before I go to college, whether it be my jump shot, ball handling, or explosiveness off the ball," Williams said.

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