2023-24 Season

‘The urgency definitely picked up’: Terrance Williams II gearing up for senior season

Just two years ago, Michigan ripped off an inspired run through March Madness, advancing to its fifth consecutive Sweet Sixteen. Yet that success feels ancient. After two tumultuous offseasons, the Wolverines enter the 2023-24 campaign boasting just one contributing player from that Sweet Sixteen team: Terrance Williams II. 

Heading into his senior season, Williams is aiming higher — not just for himself, but for the program. 

“The urgency definitely picked up,” Williams said on the latest episode of the “Defend the Block” podcast. “Not even just the players — everyone in general in the Michigan basketball department. Not making the tournament, that was just embarrassing. People see it. It was a learning experience. It woke a lot of people up, including myself. That can never happen again.

“… We know what we can improve on, and I feel like that was one good thing that came out of last season. We know what we gotta do to not be in that position again.”

For Williams, the mandate is personal. After a promising finish to his sophomore season, Williams entered last year poised to take a much-anticipated leap. And yet, he struggled in a larger role, hampered by poor shooting and inconsistent defense; he averaged 6.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. 

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