April 22, 2012

Wyoming going hard after Williams

No one has ever referred to Wyoming basketball coach Larry Shyatt as a lazy recruiter and if Billydee Williams has his way, no one will. The 6-foot-6, 200-pound swing man from Orlando said he has a nice list of scholarship offers, but no one is recruiting him as hard as the Cowboys' head man.

"I know a lot about them," said Williams when asked about the Wyoming basketball team. "Coach Shyatt has told me a lot about the school. You all (Wyoming) did surprisingly well last year. Shyatt has been real good at recruiting. He has been the best recruiter out of all the schools at the moment, so that is pretty good.

"(Shyatt) said I can come in and have an effect right away. He said most freshmen come in and play and aren't ready. He said I'll be able to show what I can do and maybe even show what kind of depending on how hard I work in practice."

As a senior swingman, Williams led his Faith Baptist Christian team to a 23-7 record, averaging 19 points, nine boards and three assists per game.

"I am actually a good scorer and defender. Those are my strongest areas. I think I am the most athletic player every time I am on the court. I crash the boards hard and I want to win - I hate losing."

Williams claims offers from Texas A&M, UTEP, Oklahoma State, Richmond, Wyoming, James Madison and Murray State. He said he will be in El Paso next weekend and would like to check out Laramie as well.

"I am definitely going to take a visit to Wyoming," Williams said. "We just have to set one up, we just haven't sat down to find the time."

For Williams, his selection of a college basketball program will come down to his relationships with the coaching staff as well as how comfortable he feels in the community. He said he is looking for a slice of life during his visits to see what practice feels like, what a day in class looks like and what kind of comfort level he can find in the community.

Orlando and Laramie, Wyoming aren't very close, which is something Williams is well-aware of. He said he would like to play closer to home than the rocky mountains to let his family see him play, but added he expects much of his time to be spent in the gym.

Williams said he chose not to sign with anyone early as he was interested in waiting to see how the coaching carousel played itself out.

"I know teams change every year, coaches move around," he said. "I didn't want to commit to one team and then have the coaches or players move on. I wanted to dial it down a little bit and then make my decision a little later because this is a big decision."

Thus far Williams, who said he will major in either Sports Management or Communications, said he doesn't have any favorites, but didn't rule out Wyoming.

"Not really (any favorites yet)," he said. "There is a lot going on and everyone has been the same as far as recruiting, but I will say Wyoming has been the hardest recruiter of all the schools, Hopefully I can make a decision by the end of the month after I get my visits out of the way."

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