CARROLLTON, Ga. – The 2017-18 men’s basketball season is just three days away, and today, uwgsports.com presents another “Meet the Wolves” segment, as today we take a look at junior guard William Sides.
Sides comes to West Georgia with an already impressive resume, as he was a 1,000-point scorer at Lewis & Clark Community College over the last two seasons and was a First Team All-Region performer as a sophomore.
“Will is a difference maker, can shoot the ball extremely well and is very difficult to defend in the open floor,” said head coach Michael Cooney. “We expect him to be able to play both guard spots, using his electric quickness and raw speed to go forward, backward, and laterally with the ball at a very high level.”
Sides’ freshman year saw the Indianapolis, Ind. native play at a very high level for a first year collegiate player. He started and played in 30 games as a freshman, averaging 28.1 minutes per game and 15.1 points. He was 23rd in the nation in free-throw percentage among junior college players, hitting 85.6 percent from the charity stripe, showing off his skills as a player who can get to the basket and get fouled by going to the line 111 times.
But Sides also showed off his skills as a point guard as well that season, dishing out 78 assists and forcing turnovers at more than two steals per game on the year. His steals numbers were good for 42nd nationally.
As a sophomore, he played in 29 games with 28 starts, scoring a grand total of 550 total points with an average of 19.0 points per game, which was good for 43rd nationally. He again had 64 steals and was ranked 37th in the nation in that category.
Sides was in a much more giving mood as a sophomore, dishing out 101 assists and turned the ball over just 58 times for a 1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio. He was solid from long range, hitting 77-of-195 from three-point range, a 39.5 percent average and earning First Team All NJCAA Region XXIV honors as a sophomore.
The Wolves will open the season this weekend, taking on the Miles Golden Bears on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. in the GSC/SIAC Challenge at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. West Georgia will play again on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the challenge, taking on Tuskegee.