Texas A&M basketball should target this former five-star in transfer portal

Samuell Williamson, Texas A&M Basketball Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
Samuell Williamson, Texas A&M Basketball Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports /

The Texas A&M basketball team had arguably the best bounce-back in the game this past season. After a disappointing 8-10 year with a 2-8 conference record in 2020-21, head coach Buzz Williams found a way to bring his team back on the national stage.

Unfortunately, the Aggies would be completely disappointed by the NCAA Tournament selection committee, who left the team out despite a strong finish to the season. Since then, Texas A&M has been tearing apart the NIT Tournament, advancing to the semifinals.

But the Aggies won’t want another bubble experience next season. And as we’ve seen, Buzz Williams will not hesitate to bolster his roster using the transfer portal. This week, a perfect fit just announced his transfer from Louisville.

This former five-star prospect could transfer to the Texas A&M basketball team

Texas A&M, especially in recent years, has come close to bringing in more than a handful of elite young basketball players from the high school level. Unfortunately, the Aggies have fallen short on a couple of occasions.

One of those occasions happened in the 2019 cycle when A&M fell just short of landing a five-star commitment. That commitment goes by the name of Sam Williamson, who would eventually commit to Louisville. A&M, however, was considered one of his final schools.

This week, Williamson entered the portal — here’s why Williams should target Williamson to join the roster in 2022.

For starters, Buzz Williams seemingly loves taking underappreciated players from blue blood programs and turning them into big contributors at Texas A&M. Just look at Henry Coleman, who transferred from Duke as a bench player and turned into a star in College Station.

The relationships are already there with the program — it would seem disappointing if Buzz Williams didn’t at least shoot his shot.

Williamson hasn’t been a bad player at the college level. Heck, in his sophomore season, he averaged 9.6 points per game on 47.9% shooting. His scoring number, however, would plummet to 5.6 per game with an 11-point reduction in minutes per game.

On a roster with less overall talent, Williamson would have an immediate opportunity to be a big-time contributor with the Aggies. He’s not a strong three-point shooter and generally speaking, Buzz Williams’ doesn’t have teams that shoot lights-out from deep.

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To put it simply, if Williamson isn’t on the Aggies’ radar, someone isn’t doing their job.