Courtesy of Tarleton Sports Information

Tarleton State men’s basketball head coach Lonn Reisman has announced the signing of Eric Williams to play basketball for the Texans starting the 2007-08 season.

Williams, a 6-6, 215-pound forward from Long Beach, Calif., will transfer to Tarleton from Long Beach City College.

“We are very excited to sign another high-caliber player of Eric Williams’ magnitude,” Reisman said.

“He is a very versatile player that can play forward or swing to the three spot. I was very impressed with his strength and physicality. Eric is very committed in the weight room and very serious about becoming an even better player than he is right now.”

Williams was the co-Most Valuable Player of the South Coast Conference this season while leading his team to a 21-11 record. The squad won 14 games in a row from Dec. 21 through Feb. 14, and claimed the SCC Championship, going undefeated in conference (8-0).

This season, Williams averaged 21.3 points, 12.2 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 2 steals per game while shooting 47 percent from the floor and 35 percent from beyond the three-point arc.

In conference play, the newest Texan averaged 23 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3.3 blocks and 2 steals this season while shooting 53 percent from the floor and 38 percent from beyond the arc.

“Eric is an outstanding player who has the ability and drive to take his game to the next level of play,” Reisman said.

“He is an outstanding scorer, but more importantly to me, Eric has the ability to be a great rebounder that can put the ball on the floor and make good decisions. I was really drawn to his attitude and commitment to the game of basketball. Eric was very highly recruited, and we feel very fortunate to sign him. He should be an impact player that is another key piece of the puzzle for us to return to the Elite Eight.”

Williams made the all-tournament team at the 28th Annual Crown City Holiday Classic. He was also the Player of the Month of February in the COA Community College League of California. Williams was ranked No. 5 in the state in scoring and No. 3 in rebounding.

Williams also played football all four years in high school and both seasons while at LBCC. He was the team’s defensive MVP and was being recruited to play football at Oregon, Michigan, Boise State, Southern California and Washington.

In basketball, the newest Texan was recruited by Montana, Boise State, Cal-State Northridge, Long Beach, Cal State-Los Angeles and Kentucky Wesleyan. Williams’ sophomore season was highlighted by 37 points and 17 rebounds against San Bernadino Valley Nov. 29 and 34 points and 13 rebounds against Los Angeles Southwest.

“Eric presents a very tough matchup because he has the ability to handle and shoot the ball,” said Tarleton associate head coach Chris Reisman.

“He has the skills to take the ball inside and brings an excitability to the game. Eric will bring a physical mentality to the floor that will only make our basketball team better,” Reisman said.