Our roster management whirlwind has been something to behold, but we’ll do our best to stay on top of things and pick up the pieces when it’s all said and done.
Let’s hit it.
IN: Marcus Williams
Aggie Hoops got some great news over the weekend, when highly-coveted transfer target Marcus Williams committed to the good guys by way of Wyoming.
Texas A&M lands a major land in the transfer portal. They’ve landed Wyoming transfer Marcus Williams. Averaged 15 points and four assists per game. 2020-21 All-MWC, 2020-21 WMC Rookie of the Year.
— Jake (@jakeweingarten) April 18, 2021
Williams played 76% of his team’s conference-game minutes, by far the highest percentage among Mountain West freshmen. He also led MWC freshmen in usage rate, assist rate, free throw rate, and fouls drawn per 40 minutes. His shooting (33.8% 3PT/70.5% FT) leaves a little to be desired, but make no mistake — he’s saw a ton of the ball, and he more than held his own.
As for individual performances, Williams dropped a very efficient 11/5/5 in 20 minutes during a 76-73 upset over tournament darling Oregon State.
Marcus Williams, Wyoming Fr., has really stood out to me both on film & statistically early on. Has looked very comfortable while putting up massive #’s efficiently. Here’s video of his personal 7-0 run to start vs OSU. Definitely a guy to keep an eye on. pic.twitter.com/03qJhIJb9p
— Draft Dummies (@DraftDummies) December 11, 2020
But my favorite tape, the one I can’t wait to share… is his 28-point game-MVP performance (7-11 FG; 11-13 FT) in a tight win over KenPom Top100 opponent Nevada.
For what it’s worth — the MWC was ranked 11th among the 32 conferences in major college basketball. That places his MWC “Freshman of the Year” and “1st team All-MWC” awards in a much clearer context. When it comes to digging for non-P5 transfers, we could definitely do worse.
IN: Aaron Cash
Cash is a long-range bomber from Junior College, shooting 45.7% from 3PT for Grayson CC. While it’s hard to ignore the immediate shooting need that appears to be filled, I can’t help but compare to recent transfer Brandon Mahan. He came with a similar shooting pedigree, but his defensive liability overshadowed the shooting bump.
Cash certainly comes with the shooting chops, but his ability to integrate defensively will ultimately drive his impact.
OUT: Jaxson Robinson
We couldn’t have an article solely made of joy, could we? It would be too much to ask.
Texas A&M freshman Jaxson Robinson has entered the transfer portal, a source told @Stockrisers. Former Top-40 recruit reclassified up and played a handful of games this season. Very skilled shooter with major upside.
— Jake (@jakeweingarten) April 19, 2021
Robinson never really found his footing during an early-classified freshman season, but I was excited to see what he could do for us after a proper pre-season. This loss may not be felt immediately, but we’re going to see this guy playing well for someone in the next 2-3 years.
That’s it… for now, at least.