April 29, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. - University of Wyoming head coach Larry Shyatt filled one of two open scholarships on Tuesday when he announced Tyrell Williams of Miami, Fla., has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Cowboys. A 6-8, 225-pound power forward, Williams will begin his UW career during the 2014-15 academic year and have four years of eligibility.
"Tyrell is a terrific young player that fits what we have been trying to build this program on for the past three seasons," Shyatt said. "He is someone who has a strong desire to be part of a winning culture and is willing to be a part of that process. What stimulated our interest in him was our trust and relationship with his coach, Lawton Williams. [Assistant coach] Allen Edward's reputation and background in southern Florida is second to none and that fortunately sent [assistant coach] Jeremy [Shyatt] to watch Tyrell in this year's state tournament. However, once we met Tyrell and his mother, LaShante Gay, in her home and on our campus, we knew he would be a great addition for the Cowboys."
Williams completed his prep career this spring by helping Norland High School take its place among Miami-Dade County's all-time best programs. Under the direction of coach Lawton Williams, the Vikings notched a 27-5 overall record to capture their third-straight Class 6A state championship. Williams averaged 7.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game as a senior, while shooting 59 percent from the field. He tallied five double-doubles during the season, including 11 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks in the state title game. A three-year starter, Williams posted 595 points, 568 rebounds and 207 blocks in his varsity career.
"The best part about Tyrell is that he comes from a winning program," Edwards said. "A lot of people talk about talent, but being able to have the resiliency to win three-straight state titles is impressive. I think he'll help us because his body is college ready. He does a great job defending the paint with a 7-2 wingspan and has a good jump hook inside on the offensive end."
Williams joins Diontae Jones (6-6, 185, Forward, Las Vegas), Jeremy Lieberman (6-1, 175, Guard, Calabasas, Calif.) and Jonathan Barnes (6-10, 250, Center, Parker, Colo.), all of whom signed with Wyoming last fall. Williams is the third Miami native to sign with the Cowboys under Shyatt, joining Jerron Granberry and Charles Hankerson Jr. Williams was also recruited by Stephen F. Austin and Florida Atlantic.