MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — After weeks of gauging the market for graduate transfers, West Virginia’s final basketball scholarship for next season will go to junior college small forward Billydee Williams.

The 6-foot-5 player with the movie-star name spent his sophomore season in a sixth-man role at South Plains (Texas) Community College. In less than 19 minutes per game, he averaged 10.4 points and 5.6 rebounds for a squad that went 29-6 and reached the NJCAA national quarterfinals.

Five players from his South Plains team have committed to D-I programs: Ole Miss, Hofstra, South Dakota, Wright State Tennessee Tech.

Williams added to that count by committing to West Virginia on Saturday while visiting campus. He tweeted:

“I have officially committed to West Virginia University! This is only the beginning #‎StayTuned‬ It only gets better from here ‪#‎ThankGod‬”

After making 40.5 percent from 3-point range (68-of-168) as a sophomore, Williams bears likeness to another wing the Mountaineers staff courted, Xavier transfer Justin Martin, who committed to SMU this week.

Coming out of Orlando’s Faith Baptist Christian in 2012, Williams was recruited by Texas A&M, Wyoming, James Madison and Murray State before committing to Towson.

He spent his freshman season at Iowa Western Community College, averaging 13.9 points and 3.8 boards and shooting 43 percent from deep.

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Comments

  • Shawn

    Over 40% from 3, I'll take it. WVU will be an inside-out team this year, if he hits like that it will be an excellent pick up. The negative comments make me just wanna ask one thing...You mad???

  • WVU4Life

    Go watch the youtube highlights, this guy is a Monster. Can shoot like Eron, but has the chance to be a more complete player than Eron with his athleticism.

  • gnarly dude

    Break out the Colt 45's!!

  • Allen

    He is a good get.

  • Holgie

    So the puzle is now complete. It's on to the Final 4 after we win the Big 12 Championsip this year.
    Best recruiting class in WVU history.
    The Hugg man is amazing!
    Lets Goooooooooo Mountaineers.

  • Robin

    Who cares, bring on football! Wait? What? We suck there too? Okay then bring on girls basketball and the rifle team!!

  • Rick55

    If you do these things with Bob Huggins as your coach you will have success on the court: Be the last one to leave the gym at night. Don't take time off during a game.
    Guard. If you're not the greatest shooter in the world or the quickest guy on the team, learn how to rebound. Learn how to play by watching other players who do it right, like Juwan Staten.

  • ryan

    Did we just recruit a backup?

  • Ole Sasquatch

    He will take the place of Henderson. Staten will feed him alley oops and he will slam'em down with violent force!

  • Mike

    William said "Don't but tickets." Don't worry, William. I don't think anyone knows how to BUT tickets.

  • Mike

    WELCOME LANDO!!

  • VaultHunter

    Herd fans green with envy because a lower rated recruit for WVU would be one of Marshall's best recruits ever.

    Keep up the bad work Herd.

  • Gary Ray

    Sweatsuit william "always has a negative comment" But would it not be nice if he did stay on his own teams home-page Marshall and negative them to herd heaven!

  • Big Larry

    "As a WVU Basketball player…one of the great highlights is that you get to travel 31,128 miles each year you play for us.

    No, none of the WVU fans are able to travel to watch you play...but being a Mountaineer is a lot of fun. We get to bond with each other and all the in-flight movies are great. The barbecue box lunches aren’t bad either.

    So come play for us in Morgantown. You will be able to catch up on all of your studies on those long flights out West and back. It’s a real learning experience…you’ll see”.

    • GoEers

      If anyone knows about a lot of travel, it's definitely a Herd fan like Big Larry. They play in a conference that has four teams from The state of Texas with none of those teams being Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor, TCU, or Texas a and M.

      LOL at you big Larry! Go herd!

    • Pudge

      Kind of like Miami in the old Big East.

    • Mitch

      @ Big Larry,

      Which is far less than the Pac 12 schools have been traveling for years....really killing them isn't it?
      The only problem here is that our trolls aren't nearly as intelligent as theirs.

    • Grant

      And what exactly could be done about the travel? Stay in the AAC and travel would have been just as bad but with less than half the money or opportunity. Is the Big12 ideal? No, but it was the only viable option at the time. The ACC passed WVU up multiple times, so they were never going to be an option.

      • Greg

        Nothing wrong with the Big12 at all. It is a definite upgrade from the Big East. West Virginians, in general, do not know much about these midwest teams like the teams from the southeast or east coast, but Texas>Cincy, Ok>UConn.

  • Aaron

    Given the talent on the team already and his late commitment, I'm not sure how much he will contribute to the basketball team on the court but he seems to be a pretty good athlete that can hit the 3.

    Having a full contingent of scholarship players for practice is pivotal in today's game but I wonder, why offer so late to someone who is going to eat a scholarship for 2, potentially 3 years just to fill the last position.

    Why not hit the recruiting trail hard for a high school senior that may still be available. Either that or award one of the walk-ons for their final year or two at WVU?

    • Matt

      Dibo isn't coming back. He is taking his scholarship. If he sucks, Huggs will tell him and he'll be gone next year, but I hope he does well.

    • Mitch

      @ Aaron,

      Because Huggins knows more about him than you?

      • Aaron

        Yes he does. I can honestly say before today I had never heard of Billy Dee Williams, the basketball player. Was that your only observation or did you have another point?

        • mad hatter

          he neglected to say you are an idiot

          • Aaron

            Because he wasn't talking to you Larry.

            Or is it Barry?

            6 one way, half a dozen the other, the intelligence is still non-existent.

    • Leroy

      Wow you are really smart Aaron. Huggs should hire you!

      • Aaron

        Yes, I am very smart and I have an eye for talent but as I have no college coaching background I doubt very seriously that Huggins would hire me but I appreciate the endorsement.