Report: New Mexico lands Samford transfer Tim Williams

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New Mexico head coach Craig Neal has landed an important addition to his program, as it was reported by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports that former Samford forward Tim Williams has decided to transfer to the Mountain West program.

Williams posted averages of 17.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore, and he’s the second Division I transfer to commit to New Mexico this offseason with former Butler guard Elijah Brown being the first. Williams will have to sit out the 2014-15 season per NCAA transfer rules, leaving him two years of eligibility beginning with the 2015-16 campaign.

As a result of his play last season Williams was a first team All-SoCon selection by the coaches, with the league’s media members placing him on their second team all-conference squad.

Williams’ best offensive performance of the season came in a win over Western Carolina on March 1, as he scored 32 points on 10-for-11 shooting from the field to go along with six rebounds and three assists. As a sophomore Williams shot 60.1% from the field, 33.3% from three and 75.0% from the foul line.

In total New Mexico will have seven newcomers when practices begins, with junior college transfers Jordan Goodman and J.J. N’Ganga expected to help out in the front court. Three freshmen round out the class, with wing Xavier Adams joining the perimeter rotation and forwards Joe Furstinger and Tohiraukura Smith-Milner having the opportunity to compete for playing time inside.

Report: Samford transfer Tim Williams will decide between three 2014 NCAA Tournament teams

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Tim Williams has become one of the hottest names on the 2014 transfer market and the 6-foot-8 forward from Samford is close to making a decision.

According to a report from Rob Howe at Hawkeye Insider, Williams has narrowed his list to three schools — all from the 2014 NCAA Tournament — and a decision could come as soon as this weekend.

Williams has taken official visits to Dayton, Iowa and New Mexico and the forward’s mother, Lisa, spoke with Howe on the decision-making process for the family going forward.

“We’re hoping to have a decision by Sunday night,” Lisa Williams said to Howe. “It’s kind of been a whirlwind visiting these three schools in a short time so we’ll go home, relax and discuss the decision as a family. Ultimately it will be Timothy’s decision but we’ll talk about all of the schools and review what we’ve seen and heard.”

After garnering first-team Southern Conference honors last season, Williams opted to transfer. Lisa Williams broke down her son’s reasons for transferring after Tim averaged 17.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game last season. Williams also shot 60 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free-throw line.

“He wants to get the full college experience and that’s hard to do at a smaller school like Samford. He also wants to test himself against a higher competition level. He has three really nice, diverse choices,” Lisa Williams said to Howe.

A native of the Chicagoland area, Williams is looking at two schools that are within driving distance from home in Dayton and Iowa but Lisa said that distance wouldn’t play that big of a factor in the decision.

“It will be a factor but not the deciding factor. There are a lot of factors that go into a decision like this,” she said to Howe.

After two very productive seasons in the Southern Conference, Williams will have a year to sit out due to NCAA transfer regulations while acclimating to a higher level of play. While Williams put up big numbers in two seasons at Samford, his efficiency is also very impressive when you factor that the forward was the Bulldogs’ No. 1 option on offense.

(H/T: Hawkeye Insider)

Samford transfer Tim Williams to visit New Mexico, Vanderbilt

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Former Samford forward Tim Williams has become highly sought-after since announcing he would transfer. A pair of visits have been set up for next week while several other programs remain in pursuit of the mid-major forward.

On June 16-17, Williams will visit New Mexico. A trip to Vanderbilt will immediately follow, according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.

Williams, the SoCon Freshmen of the Year in 2013, averaged 17.3 points and 7.6 boards per game, shooting 60 percent from the field as a sophomore. In late May, he decided to leave the Bulldogs. Since then, Dayton and Marquette have both expressed interest in Williams, in addition to the Lobos and Commodores.

Vanderbilt finished under .500 for the second straight season, and could very well be in for another down year in 2014-2015. However, the Commodores have a talented recruiting class to work with along with rising sophomore big man Damian Jones. Vanderbilt already secured a commitment from Cornell transfer Nolan Cressler earlier this spring.

New Mexico focused on the front court with its 2014 recruiting class, needing to fill voids left by Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk. The 2015 recruiting class currently consists three guards, which does not include Butler transfer Elijah Brown.

Williams will have two years of eligibility after he sits out the 2014-2015 season, due to NCAA transfer rules.

Report: Samford’s Tim Williams asks for release

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A new impact mid-major transfer emerged on the market on Monday as The Recruit Scoop‘s Alex Kline reported that Samford sophomore forward Tim Williams has asked for a release from the program.

The 6-foot-8 Williams was the SoCon Freshman of the Year in 2012-13 and in his sophomore year this past season averaged 17.6 points and 7.3 rebounds on 60 percent shooting from the field. A native of the Chicago suburbs, Williams also averaged 1.4 blocks per game and was 75 percent from the free-throw line.

Williams has been a highly productive player in two seasons for the Bulldogs but he was recruited by former Samford assistant coach Yasir Rosemond, who left for Georgia earlier this spring.

The forward has two years of eligibility remaining and could be a hot commodity because of his efficiency shooting the ball while remaining productive in other areas of the game.