EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – The college basketball season is a week away and the anticipation is building around the UTEP men’s basketball team. With seven Division I transfers eligible for the 2019-20 season, the new-look Miners have the makeup to challenge for a conference championship.
One of those transfers in junior forward Bryson Williams. Williams played for UTEP head coach Rodney Terry at Fresno State from 2016-2018, averaging 13.8 points and 6.1 rebound per game as a sophomore for the Bulldogs.
“He brings experience,” said Terry. “He put together a couple really good seasons with us at Fresno State and he played in some meaningful games.”
After sitting last season out, Williams is hungrier than ever to get on the floor.
“I see my role as a double figure guy,” said Williams. “Rebounding hard every night will be big for me and just going out there and doing whatever I can to play hard defense. I need to play good ball screen defense. I’ll do whatever I can to help my team win.”
In an exhibition game versus Texas Tech, Williams recorded 19 points and 9 rebounds in a win over the Red Raiders.
“Bryson is a guy we are challenging to be more of a rebounder. I think that’s something that he can add to his game that would take him to another level,” said Terry. “We know he can score the basketball 15 feet in, but he has worked really hard to be able to shoot three’s now. So he’s a guy we can pick and pop with as well.”
The offense is going to run through Williams. When it is all said and done, he very well could be the Conference USA Player of the Year. He is that type of talent and with that comes responsibility. Williams has taken it upon himself to be a better leader.
“I’m trying to embrace that role by speaking more, being more vocal as a leader,” said Williams. “I’m giving it my all everyday and going full tilt. I’m full speed all the time and I’m being an everyday guy like Coach Terry wants me to be.”
Williams and the Miners will take the floor at the Don Haskins Center on Tuesday, November 5 against New Mexico Highlands in their 2019-20 opener.