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Iowa men’s basketball hosting potential forward transfer

[ 0 ] June 18, 2014 |

The Iowa men’s basketball program is hosting potential transfer Tim Williams on a recruiting visit today and Marc Condotti believes it could be an ideal match.

“I think their style of play fits his play,” said Condotti, who is an assistant coach at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, which is near Chicago and the school from which Williams graduated in 2012. “I think Iowa has gotten a good reputation the last couple years.

“I’m a little biased. I went to Iowa my freshman and sophomore years. So I’m glad he’s up there taking a look. It’s a great campus. They have a great student life there. And, obviously, they’re kind of an up and coming program. So I’m not surprised at all. I think he’d be wise to take a look.”

Samford forward Tim Williams (32) drives to the basket against Indiana last season. (Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports)

Samford forward Tim Williams (32) drives to the basket against Indiana last season. (Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports)

The 6-foot-8 Williams is looking to transfer after playing his freshman and sophomore seasons at Samford University. He averaged 17.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore last season while shooting 60% from the field and 75% from the free throw line. Williams was the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year in 2012-2013 and was named first-team all-conference by the coaches this past season.

Williams already has visited Dayton and New Mexico and is expected to visit Wisconsin this weekend. Condotti also mentioned Toledo as a possibility.

“I know he’s out there poking around,” Condotti said. “He had stopped by here a while ago in the spring. He kind of stepped in and said hello and he had mentioned those schools. I’m not sure where he is leaning. I think he’s pretty much open at this point.”

Condotti raved about Williams on and off the court.

“Number one; he’s an extremely nice kid,” Condotti said. “He comes from a great family. He’s a super smart kid. He’s always been good in the classroom. So in that regard he is definitely A-1.
“He’s really versatile. He can play inside and play outside. He can shoot the three. He can kind of do it all.”

Williams would have to sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules and then have two seasons of eligibility.

Williams originally committed to Florida International in high school, but chose to look elsewhere after former NBA star Isiah Thomas was fired as the coach there. Williams eventually picked Samford over Virginia Tech, partly because he had relatives who live near the Samford campus in Birmingham, Ala.

“He kind of proved himself at the college ranks and then now I think he’s getting the attention that he probably would have gotten if he would been able to do a little bit more his senior year,” Condotti said. “But he was great player for us.”

Williams averaged 11.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game as a high school senior. He also was a standout quarterback in high school.

NCAA rules prohibit the Iowa coaches from talking publicly about a specific recruit or about a potential transfer. However, Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of adding a transfer this late in the recruiting process.

McCaffery is entering his fifth season as the Iowa coach. He led the Hawkeyes to the NCAA Tournament last season, ending a drought that dated back to 2006.

“Coach McCaffery, I haven’t heard anyone say a bad word about him,” Condotti said. “He’s proven. He’s a nice guy. I think (Tim) will be happy with what he finds up there.”
Condotti said he transferred from Iowa to Eastern Illinois after his sophomore year in 2000 because his specific major in education was discontinued at the UI.

“I loved it up there,” Condotti said. “If I could have stayed at Iowa, I definitely would have.”

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About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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