The Michigan Wolverines continue to beat the recruiting pavement in the 2015 class are among those on the trail of Lewisville (TX) Hebron SG, Tyler Williams. The 6-6 190-lb. swingman turned heads during his freshman campaign when he averaged 10 points, 9 rebounds about five assists en route to earning newcomer of the year honors for his district and region. Not long after that he emerged as a target for the Maize & Blue.
“I used to live in Wisconsin so I have family friends up there and one of those family friends has connections to Michigan,” said Williams. “I was invited to the elite camp over the summer. It was great. I had some good competition and I was able to show what I could do as a first impression. I was a little hurt, but I was able to push through it. After that they kind of started following me around. When I played well in front of them (on the AAU circuit) in Indiana and Vegas they decided to follow me during the school year.”
The Wolverines weren’t the only ones to take notice. Iowa State (offer), Texas A&M (offer), Texas, Kansas, Baylor, SMU (offer), and Xavier are also showing strong interest. The increased interest on Michigan’s part was reciprocated a few weeks ago when Williams made a return visit to Ann Arbor for the football clash with Michigan State. His second time on campus wound up being even more impressive than the first.
“It was great being able to tour the PDC now that it’s complete,” he said. “With the improvement to the PDC and the Crisler Center I would put them up there with the other big schools. They were among the top I’ve seen. And just getting to hang out with the players I hung out with Jordan Morgan and Tim Hardaway Jr. was great. And just getting to know the coaches better. Coach (Bacari) Alexander is a great coach. I love how enthusiastic he is. I love how he is always looking out for me. He was really friendly on the visit. He is a great guy as well as a great coach.”
One of the primary topics on conversation during Williams’ time in the Great Lake State was how he would fit into the playing puzzle if the two sides were to come together down the line.
“I’m a long athletic combo guard that can shoot over somebody or get to the basket, and I can also play pretty good defense,” said Williams. “They say I’d fit the role of Tm Hardaway and probably Glenn Robinson III.”
An intriguing possibility to be sure, but Michigan is still a long way away from offering any of their 2015 targets scholarships. That happens to suit Williams just fine since he is a long way away from making a decision anyway.
“If I could I would way until before my senior season starts (and sign) in the early signing period,” he said. “I’m open to all schools. I’m just trying to enjoy the recruiting process and see what it leads to. I want to go where I can get a great education where they are (prestigious) academically and athletically. I want to go to a school in a bigger conference like the Big 10 or the ACC. After that it will come down to) how I fit in with the other players and connect with the coaching staff.”