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UTEP Forward Bryson Williams to Transfer to Texas Tech

Another transfer!

Texas Tech and Mark Adams received some great news on Sunday evening as UTEP forward Bryson Williams (6-8/230) announced his intent to transfer to Texas Tech.

Williams followed up that tweet with another tweet that explained why he chose to transfer to Texas Tech:

I’d also like to thank Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Texas, and Washington for recruiting me. your time and effort was greatly appreciated. Also, I want to thank all of my former teammates at UTEP and everyone in the athletic department for the support they gave me during my time in El Paso. Offensively, I have proven what I can do against some of the best in the country throughout my collegiate career. however, I wanted to challenge myself in other areas and I needed someone I knew could help me the most with that. What that being said, I am excited to announced my decision to join the Red Raider basketball family, and to have the chance to play for Coach Adams.

Last year at UTEP, Williams averaged 15.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, while shooting 48.1% from the field, and 83.6% from the free throw line. Williams started the first two years of his career at Fresno State, then transferred to UTEP for the past 2 years. Williams is a terrific rebounder, a rate of 21.4% of the time and hardly ever turns the ball over. Generally speaking, Williams is terrific inside the three-point line, making 65.2% of close two-point shots, 45.9% from far away, makes 84.4% of his free throws, and overall, makes 51.4% of his two-point shots. Williams is abysmal at making three-point shots, only making 25.9%, does not make a ton of steals or is not a high-end shot-blocker. And this is not one of those situations where Williams just had an off-year, he’s never shot well from beyond the arc.

these are highlights from the 2019-20 season, so this not entirely accurate as to maybe how Williams’ game has evolved over a year. Williams has an array of spin-moves and nifty shots that’s really interesting. In and around the basket he looks terrific. I like that he plays out of the high post, that can really give your offense some versatility with how he is able to handle the ball. If he had a better assist rate, maybe he’s able to kick out the ball and let some others hit some shots, then that would be icing on the cake and help his professional career.

it should be noted that Williams has always played for Rodney Terry. Terry was the coach at Fresno State before getting the UTEP head basketball coach position. When Beard was hired by UT, he pulled Terry from UTEP, which is odd to pull a head coach away to be an assistant, but that’s what happened. Regardless, Terry and Williams have been together for all of Williams’ career and now Adams has changed that.

Getting to the eligibility chart, there’s 11 spots taken and that means there are two more scholarships spots available for the upcoming season. I’d add that the staff will leave a spot open for Shannon until he makes a decision about where he’ll go in the draft. There are 13 spots available. Now that another big has been added, I’d probably add another guard.

Eligibility Chart

Position Player 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026
Guards Clarence Nadolny | (6-3/195) | JR
Mylik Wilson | (6-3/175) | SO
Ethan Duncan | (5-11/160) | FR WO WO WO WO
Versatile Wings Adonis Arms | (6-6/205) | SR
Davion Warren | (6-6/210) | SR
Scoring Wings Chibuzo Agbo, Jr. | (6-7/215) | SO
Sardaar Calhoun | (6-6/220) | JR
Inside Wings Kevin McCullar | (6-6/195) | JR
KJ Allen | (6-6/215) | SO
Bigs Marcus Santos-Silva | (6-7/250) | SR
Bryson Williams | (6-8/230) | SR
Daniel Batcho | (6-11/245) | SO
TOTALS 11 7 4 1 0
Kyler Edwards | (6-4/200) | SR TR
Mac McClung | (6-2/186) | SR *NBA
Terrence Shannon, Jr. | (6-6/210) | JR *NBA
Micah Peavy | (6-7/172) | SO TR
Jamarius Burton | (6-4/210) | JR TR
Tyreek Smith | (6-7/215) | SO TR
Vladislav Goldin | (7-1/220) | FR TR
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