COLLEGE STATION, Texas – NBC Sports revealed its Preseason All-America Teams on Tuesday with Texas A&M represented by sophomore forward Robert Williams and junior center Tyler Davis, giving the Aggies one of the top front courts in the country heading into the 2017-18 campaign.
Williams, the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year, was honored by NBC Sports as a Third-Team Preseason All-American while Davis was recognized as Honorable Mention Preseason All-American.
A native of Oil City, La., Williams came to Texas A&M ranked as the nation's No. 50 recruit by ESPN but developed into one of the country's brightest rookies in Aggieland. Williams notched 11 double-doubles last season, the second most among all SEC players while averaging a near double-double during league play with 12.9 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest. Also in league play, Williams led the SEC in blocked shots (46), while ranking second in both rebounding (9.6 per game), offensive rebounding (3.6 offensive rebounds per game) and field goal percentage (.542).
On the defensive end, Williams stood out as one of the NCAA's most disruptive forces. He owns the nation's longest active blocked shot streak, having collected a swat in every game a year ago, while posting 22 multi-block games as well as eight games with four or more blocks. A three-time SEC Freshman of the Week honoree, Williams' 77 total blocked shots were 20th-most among all Division-I player last season and the second most by an Aggie for a single season, trailing only David Harris' 108 in 1989-90.
Davis, meanwhile, was honored by the SEC coaches for the second straight season with a second-team selection a year ago after garnering SEC All-Freshman team accolades the year prior. The Plano, Texas, native paced the SEC and ranked 14th nationally in field goal percentage by converting 62.9 percent of his shot attempts. Davis averaged 14.1 points per contest this season to rank 13th in the league and pulls down 7.0 boards per contest, checking in at eighth in the conference in rebounding.
The 6-foot-10 sophomore notched four double-doubles last season and was also named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District VII Team.