2021-22 Season

‘The toughest and nastiest out there’: Terrance Williams II provides crucial second-half spark

Terrance Williams II had very few distinctions at the start of the year.

His role. After the first game of the year, he had to clarify his position — one that oscillated between wing and power forward — shifting where he played to adjust to incoming freshmen, power forward Moussa Diabate and wing Caleb Houstan. He played where the team needed him to play, but lacked a clear distinction in where he himself wanted to play.

His minutes. After initial heavy usage, Williams’ minutes dissipated as the rotation for the Wolverines tightened over the course of the season. His minutes seem to come and go depending on foul trouble or matchup exploitation, but there was no stability in his opportunities.

But one thing he had always known was his identity. Who he was as a player never changed. Through all the adjustments he’s made to his role, the improvements he’s made to increase his minutes, at heart, he’s always been the scrappy, grinding player who hustles to the most of his abilities. 

“In the huddle, we talk about him being a dog,” fifth-year senior guard Eli Brooks said. “Being the toughest, nastiest out there. And those two rebounds and put-backs were big to keep the momentum going.”

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