One of Green Bay’s top newcomers will unfortunately not be suiting up for the Phoenix this season due to injury.
That’s according to a report from Scott Venci of the Green Bay Press Gazette who noted Thursday evening that Williams will miss the entire upcoming season due to a “lower body injury.”
The 6’3” guard from West Memphis, Arkansas is a junior college transfer from Lamar Community College in Lamar, Colorado where he averaged 13.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game last season as a sophomore. He committed to the Phoenix previous coaching staff last October and chose to remain committed to the program through the coaching change earlier this year.
A highly regarded recruit, Williams ranked just outside the JucoRecruiting.com Top 100 list and was expected to be an immediate contributor for Green Bay this season, possibly even in the 6th man role behind the likely starting guard trio of PJ Pipes, Josh Jefferson, and Amari Davis. He chipped in 5 or more assists in 10 of his team’s 31 games and shot 38.5% (57/148) from beyond the arc last season, production that would’ve helped the Phoenix if he could have replicated it at the Division I level this season.
Instead, other role players such as freshmen Lucas Stieber, Ryan Claflin, Jacob Jones, and Damontae Taylor along with former walk-on Jiovanni Miles will need to step up and produce when their name is called to give the three starting guards a breather. According to Venci the Phoenix are also attempting to gain immediately eligibility for Toledo transfer Donavan Moore who would normally have to sit out a season due to NCAA transfer rules. That waiver is apparently still pending.
Williams will still have two seasons of eligibility remaining even after sitting out this season. The NCAA announced in October that all winter sport athletes that play this season, including men’s basketball, will receive an extra year of eligibility due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.