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DWU lands commitment from Vermillion guard

The Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball recruiting pursuits have dipped into the Dakota XII Conference again. The Tigers received a commitment from Vermillion's Cooper Williams on Thursday. The point guard is the latest player from the 12...

The Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball recruiting pursuits have dipped into the Dakota XII Conference again.

The Tigers received a commitment from Vermillion's Cooper Williams on Thursday. The point guard is the latest player from the 12-member conference in the southeastern part of the state to join DWU.

Former Dakota XII members Ty Hoglund (Dell Rapids), Jacob Hinker (Lennox), Noah Vettrus (West Central), Tanner Den Hoed (Madison) and Trae Vandeberg (Madison) are currently playing for the Tigers.

"It will be fun," Williams said. "I played against a lot of them. I remember playing against Trae Vandeberg when I was a little freshman playing against his senior-laden Madison High School team."

Williams' familiarity with those players helped in his decision to join the Matt Wilber-coached Tigers. Williams took an official visit to the campus in late October.

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"I just loved everything about it," Williams said. "I took an official visit and I really liked spending time with the guys and I really liked coach Wilber and what he does."

Williams was also considering Morningside College, Mount Marty and Augustana College in Illinois. He also took visits to the University of Sioux Falls, Dakota State and Mount Marty before picking DWU.

"It seemed like a place where I would be very happy with the guys and the culture, the school and everything about it," Williams added.

The 6-foot Williams was named to the Dakota XII Conference First Team last season. He averaged 13.2 points, six rebounds and 4.2 assists per game for the 17-6 Tanagers last season. He also shot 89 percent from the free throw line. Williams has started since his freshman season, after transferring to Vermillion from Kentucky. His father, David, is the Deputy Athletics Director at the University of South Dakota.

Williams, who also plays golf for Vermillion, plans on majoring in business administration with an emphasis in sports management at DWU.

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