Williams Ready To Be A Golden Eagle

Williams Ready To Be A Golden Eagle

USM basketball coach Larry Eustachy has shown he is not afraid to search nation wide for basketball recruits to bring to Hattiesburg. He dipped into the Sunshine state to bring in another talented athlete, who talks with GEP.com about his decision to choose the Golden Eagles.

Kody Williams profile.

Williams was a big time recruit in both basketball and football in high school. In football, he was being sought after by schools such as North Carolina, Illinios, UConn, and Tennessee.

He was equally impressive in basketball. As a senior at Niceville High, he averaged 12 points and 8.3 assists per game. He also led his team to an appearance in the Florida Final Four.

His recent commit to Southern Miss comes as a sudden turn of events. He had originally signed papers to play at Northwest Florida Junior College, but had always dreamed of an opportunity to play at a Division One school. That is when he was introduced to USM head coach Larry Eustachy.

"My Community College coach and head High School basketball coach really influenced me in telling me great things about Coach Eustachy," Williams said.

"When I came down, I talked with Coach Eustachy and found out what kind of person he was, and I was sold on the program."

So, with all the attention he received in High School for football, why the move to play on the hard wood this season?

"Basketball is my first love," he said matter of factly.

Williams is ready to bring his skills to Hattiesburg, and USM fans will get to see a player that definitely has a team first attitude.

"I guess you can say I am a guy who sees the floor well," he said. "I look for my teammates, and I am a pass first and shoot second type of guy."

For Williams, it was not only his time with Coach Eustachy that made him want to come to Southern Miss, but the program and players as well.

"My thing was the team, and stuff I heard about the team and what they had to go through that made me want to go there," he said. "I liked that they were tough, together, and they didn't let anything stop them from being a team."

"For coach to basically take them under his wings and guide them through, that sold me too. I really like the coaching staff; they took me in with open arms."

"I really loved the entire coaching staff, they all seem really cool and took me in with open arms," he added. "They told me they would work with me and get me to where they wanted me to go. They wanted to make sure I was successful and would get a degree, and that really showed me they cared about me and more than just basketball."

Williams will be starting at Southern Miss as a freshman, and told us he'd be on campus Tuesday ready to get his college career underway.

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