More on IU women’s commit Danielle Williams and her lead recruiter

Indiana hasn’t been in the picture long, but the Hoosiers certainly made a quick impact on Danielle Williams.

Williams, a 6-foot-4 post from Fort Worth, Texas, committed to IU this week, becoming the second player in the Hoosiers’ 2015 class. She chose Indiana over Texas Tech — the only two schools she visited.

“She comes from a great family and she’s really in love with Indiana from when she came for an official visit,” Williams’ Texas Express AAU coach Daniel Brooks said. “She really raved about the campus, the environment there and the connections she had with the other players and coaches. She’s gonna be a great asset for Indiana and just a kid that can really bring a presence to that conference.”

The North Crowley High School product is a three-star recruit, according to ESPN HoopGurlz, and was included on Full Court Fresh’s top 50 watch list for the 2015 class.

Brooks called Williams a nightmare on the defensive end, who averaged around 12 points, nine rebounds and five blocks during AAU play. She’s a fine shot blocker, who can rebound and score underneath the basket. Brooks said she’ll need to work on her post moves as she transitions to the Big Ten.

“Sometimes when she’s fed the ball she just kind of wants to think about what she wants to do instead of going and just making that move,” Brooks said. “Sometimes she wants to see what the defense is giving her instead of taking what she wants. She’s made tremendous strides on her low post footwork, spacing and just getting in post position.”

One of the selling points for Williams was playing time. New IU coach Teri Moren and her staff have done a good job at filling the upcoming class with size — and replacing the post that left.

Moren’s first commitment came last month from 6-2 Ohio forward Kym Royster. She was brought in a month after Bedford North Lawrence center Jenna Allen rescinded her verbal pledge while IU searched for a replacement for Curt Miller. Allen ended up at Michigan State.

Williams and Royster will presumably battle for early playing time at the post positions with current IU forwards Jenn Anderson and Liz Stratman, a Butler transfer who will sit out this season.

“That was a major factor, being able to come in and immediately play,” Brooks said. “She feels she can make an impact. Her practice work ethic is where it needs to be and she can come in immediately and make a difference on their roster.”

IU assistant Curtis Loyd, the lone holdover from Miller’s staff, was the lead recruiter on Williams. Loyd, a native of the Dallas area, began pursuing the post in July, according to Brooks.

That means, if Brooks’ timeline is correct, Williams may have been a Hoosier under Miller, too.

“We really never thought about it, but coach Loyd really sold Indiana to make it a possibility,” Brooks said. “He just stated that they need one Texas kid to get it started. He never let up from there and here we are.”

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  1. As I stated last night, this is exactly what we need. The two recruits we have coming in next year along with 6′ 2″ transfer Liz Stratman will really bolster our post play. These players along with our very good outside shooting will make us a very formidable opponent for anyone! When the coaching change came about, I was very concerned about our recruiting that had been very good under coach Miller but, I think we are on track to where we need to be. It is great to know that our lack of current post play is being addressed for the future. I really believe that Jenn Anderson has a very bright future for us but, she is our only true post player on this year’s roster. We will be very small when she is not on the floor but, hopefully, the emphasis on defensive improvement will be a deciding factor this season. Keep up the good work Teri! Go Hoosiers!!

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