BGS has learned that Junior forward Billy Dee Williams is leaving the WVU basketball program. The news was broken this evening and has been confirmed by sources to BGS.
Williams was a JUCO transfer this season for WVU after playing last year for Iowa Western Community College where he averaged 13.9 PPG. Williams was expected to receive major playing time at WVU this season due to his size and athletic ability. After a broken optical socket before the season started, he never developed into the rotation like Huggins and staff would have liked. Bob Huggins often criticized Williams inability to learn the new defensive scheme at WVU but praised his basketball athletic ability. Huggins was quoted on multiple occasions to say that “Williams was the best athlete on the WVU basketball team.’
With Williams now out of the picture at WVU look for Bob Huggins and staff to move quickly to fill his spot. The first name to watch is JUCO guard Buay Tuach, who will visit the WVU campus this weekend. Tuach has the body build and athletic ability that WVU loses in Williams but is a much better shooter than Williams was. Another name to watch is Robert Morris transfer Elijah Minnie. Minnie was recruited by the WVU coaching staff last year before committing to play close to home at Robert Morris. Minnie has been granted his release from the school and is looking at the Mountaineers as a possibility.
Either way it’s looking like there will be a new face in the Coliseum this fall.
Before publication of this article WVU released an official statement on Williams:
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (April 13, 2015) – West Virginia University men’s basketball junior BillyDee Williams plans to transfer to another school, coach Bob Huggins announced this evening.
“BillyDee and I met, and we mutually agreed that he should transfer to another school for his senior season,” said Huggins. “We thank BillyDee for his contributions to Mountaineer basketball, and we wish him success in his future endeavors.”
Williams, from Orlando, Florida, played in 18 games this past season, averaging 1.2 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.
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