November 3, 2006

Vols Add Big Man to '07 Class

With time running out on basketball programs looking to add prospects in November's early signing period, Bruce Pearl and his staff moved to address the Vols' biggest need by taking a commitment from Harmony Prep post player Brian Williams (6-foot-9, 360 pounds), who made an official visit o Knoxville two weeks ago.

It's been apparent for a year that adding some post-depth to the roster in this class was going to be a priority for Pearl and company, but as the November signing date approached, it began to get increasingly hard to figure out just who the Vols might add. One prospect after another fell off of the Vols' board in October, most notably NC State commit J.J. Hickson.

As a result, the Vols spent much of the fall scouring the country for post help, and counted themselves lucky to find Williams, a former teammate of current Tennessee freshman Josh Tabb, still available.

Moving quickly, the staff got Williams to campus for an official visit the weekend of October 20, and quickly solved their need to find a post player in this class.

Williams is originally from Long Island, so the pace of life in Knoxville may be a bit of an adjustment for him, but he said his first impression of the town was very much to his liking.

On the court, Williams will be looked to for early help on a roster that is extremely thin in the post. That need for a post player, coupled with his relationship with the coaching staff were key elements in Williams' decision to pick the Vols.

Williams reported that he was also being recruited by St. Johns, Pittsburgh and UMASS among others, and had also taken an official visit to New Mexico State before deciding on the Vols.

Williams has done a tremendous amount of work to his body over the last year, dropping from 357 pounds down to 300, and he says that he expects to lose more weight before his college career begins.

It now appears that Tennessee will sign two prospects next week during the early signing period which begins on Wednesday and runs through Nov. 15. In addition to Williams, Patterson Prep prospect Cameron Tatum is also expected to ink early with the Vols.

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