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June 8, 2014

Huggins fills recruiting class with JUCO forward

MORGANTOWN — Junior college small forward BillyDee Williams will fill out the final spot on coach Bob Huggins’ West Virginia basketball roster next year, according to a Metro News report.

Williams, of South Plains (Texas) Community College, tweeted on Saturday following a visit to campus:

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

There was no official announcement.

Williams was selected by the Mountaineers after they could not find a suitable graduate transfer and lost Xavier forward Justin Martin, a similar type of player, to SMU and Larry Brown.

Williams stands 6-foot-5 and played a sixth-man role for South Plains last year.

He averaged 10.4 points and 5.6 rebounds a game despite playing less than 19 minutes per game.

South Plains was one of the top junior college teams in the country, going 29-6 while reaching the NJCAA national quarterfinals.

Williams hit 40.5 percent of his shots from 3-point range last year.

He played his first junior college season at Iowa Western Community College, averaging 13.9 points and 3.8 rebounds while hitting 43 percent from 3-point range.

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