As the off-season for college basketball teams presses on more news regarding transfers continues to pour in this time at the expense of the Missouri Tigers basketball.
It has been reported that sophomore Johnathan Williams III is strongly considering a transfer from the school which would rob the Tigers of both their leading scorer and rebounder.
The 6-foot-8 Williams was initially recruited by former head coach Frank Haith, and after a 9-23 season, Williams will likely look for a new program to finish out his career.
The Memphis, Tennessee native was ranked No. 42 recruit in the class of 2013, and it showed during his sophomore campaign averaging 11.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest for the Tigers.
Despite the strong season, another apparent reason for his departure emerged when with the program’s decision to part ways with assistant coach and top recruiter Tim Fuller. Fuller was a key reason for Williams signing with Missouri to begin with and his decision to leave must have influenced Williams to do the same.
Now, first-year head coach Kim Anderson will be likely stuck with the responsibility of having to replace his top returning player as well as trying to rebuild the entire dynamic of the program.
Williams will join a strong transfer pool and should be a top recruit for elite schools joining Drexel guard Damion Lee, who announced he will also transfer.
Williams may be the premier low-post presence among all players switching schools, but will be forced to miss a season if he is not released from his Missouri scholarship.
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