Williams ready to push himself and teammates

Point guard Michael Williams was somewhat unheralded on the national recruiting scene, but passion for the game and leadership capabilities are hard to find on the high school level.

When Michael Williams steps on the basketball court his focus centers around one goal: winning.

Williams, a senior at San Antonio's Reagan High School, followed his best AAU season, by leading the Reagan High School Rattlers to a 25-6 record.

Williams' leadership was a key factor that helped his Reagan team overachieve with a roster of young players.

"It was very different, very difficult," Williams said. "I had to help out some of our young players. They had to play the best basketball that they could, so the main stride I made this year was continuing [to develop] my leadership."

After just a handful of minutes talking to Williams, it is evident that the 17-year old is mature beyond his years.

Equally as important to Williams as what he will do on the court are academics. Williams has his sites set on majoring in business in TCU's Neeley School.

Next Fall, Williams sees an opportunity to lead by example both on and off the court for the Frogs.

"That was really one of the main reasons I chose TCU," Williams said. "They struggled this year, and they are going to need some leadership, and I feel like that's something I can bring whether it's on or off the court. Whether it's just basketball stuff or academics, I feel like I can contribute."

This season, Williams averaged 17.1 points and six assists per ball game. Williams shot 37 percent from behind the arc and 72 percent from the free throw line.

However, Williams feels like he has an opportunity to improve on both sides of the ball before his first season at TCU.

"We played a lot of zone this year, so it was never that really tough man to man that I will be playing at TCU," Williams said of his defensive play this year. "That's honestly one of the main reasons I chose TCU. Trent Johnson wants us to play top of the line every game."

The 6'2 guard says that he expects adjusting to playing Big 12 defense to be difficult at times, but he says he chose TCU "because I want to get better. [Coach Johnson] will get me there."

Williams joked that playing offense this year made him miss the AAU players that he played with during the summer.

"Sometimes you've just got to go to the hoop and make plays. I've always really been able to do that, but this year was all about putting all the pieces together and just getting the best shot for my team every time down the floor."

While Williams acknowledged that he will always be working on his shooting, true to Williams' unselfish attitude--it is his passing that he hopes to improve most before next Fall.

"I've always got to strive to be a better shooter, but I also want to be a better passer. I want to hit guys in every possible position on the court. I want to hit guys in the perfect spot right where they want the ball."

Williams is likely to push rising junior Kyan Anderson next year, and Williams gives TCU a backup point guard like they did not have in their first Big 12 season.

To add a player with Williams' basketball acumen and savvy nature will benefit TCU even when he is not scoring the basketball.

A high basketball IQ and passion for the game are characteristics that are apparent in all three of TCU's current 2013 signees.


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