No Surprise - Williams Given Release

What has been rumor for the past few weeks became fact today as Mike Williams was granted his release from Texas.

It was announced today that Texas forward Mike Williams had been granted his official release from the universities basketball program and will be looking for a new home in the coming weeks.

Williams (6'7, 230) played in 32 games this season, making three starts with high points coming against Texas-Pan American and West Virginia games. In all he played in 58 career games and averaged 2.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.

Cincinnati has long been a program talked about Williams having interest in to continue his college basketball career.

Bearcat Insider will continue to work on this story in the coming days. Many feel Williams could make a visit later this week to the UC campus.

Here is Mike's bio from the University of Texas Official School site.

Mike Williams #40
Height: 6-7
Weight: 230

Class: So.-1L
Hometown: Camden, AL (Wilcox Central)

Powerful sophomore who will be a factor in UT's frontcourt rotation … gained valuable experience and playing time during the second half of last season … coaching staff was very pleased with his improvement during spring workouts … one of four McDonald's All-Americans on this year's Texas squad (LaMarcus Aldridge, 2004; Brad Buckman, 2002; Daniel Gibson, 2004).

As a Freshman in 2004-05

Emerged as a valuable contributor in the frontcourt off the bench … played in 26 games, making one start (at Colorado) … averaged 15.0 minutes per contest … ranked fifth on the team in rebounding (3.9 rpg) … sat out the first five games of the season due to an NCAA eligibility issue … saw his first collegiate action in the win at Seton Hall (Dec. 4), where he posted two points and six boards in 13 minutes … followed with four points and five rebounds in 18 minutes against North Texas (Dec. 7) ... posted his first collegiate double-double with a career-high 13 points (6-of-9 FG) and a career-best 10 rebounds in 20 minutes against Centenary (Dec. 22) ... scored seven points (3-of 4 FG) and grabbed five rebounds in 13 minutes against UT-San Antonio (Dec. 29) … had eight points (3-of-4 FG) and five boards in a season-high 23 minutes during the home win against Texas Tech (Jan. 25) … made his first collegiate start and played 20 minutes at Colorado (Feb. 8) … registered five points and five boards at Baylor (Feb. 19) … posted six points (3-of-4 FG) and a team-high nine rebounds in 22 minutes against No. 20 Oklahoma (Feb. 28) ... recorded four points (4-of-6 FT) and six rebounds in 16 minutes during the Big 12 tourney loss to Colorado (March 10).

High School
Wilcox Central High School in Camden, Ala. (head coach Mark Dukes) … four-year starter at Wilcox Central … McDonald's All-American … third-team All-America choice by Parade Magazine … honorable mention All-America choice by Slam Magazine … tabbed as the No. 18 overall prospect in the country by … teamed with fellow incoming UT recruit Daniel Gibson to lead the USA Men's Junior National Select Team to a 99-79 victory against the World Select Team at the Nike Hoop Summit in San Antonio (April 4) following his senior season … two-time 5A Alabama Player of the Year … averaged 28 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks per game as a senior while leading his team to the Class 5A state semifinals … averaged 26 points and 14 rebounds per game while helping Wilcox Central to a 29-3 mark and the Class 5A state title during his junior season … member of the school's Citizenship Club in his last two years of high school, a group that regularly visited area nursing homes.

Full name is Michael D. Williams … son of Michael and Alice Gladney … born Nov. 19, 1985 in Thomasville, Ala.… majoring in education (minor in social work) … served as a mentor for area elementary school children during his final three years in high school.

Off the Court with Mike Williams

Should high school players be given the opportunity to jump directly to the NBA? Yes, but only if they have Lebron James type abilities.

Who on the team would you want on your team for a game of 2-on-2? A.J. Abrams

Greatest Texas Basketball moment since you've been in Austin? Spending time with strength and conditioning coach Todd Wright

What do you want to do after college outside of athletics? Own my own business

What is your favorite phrase or saying that helps motivate you and who told it to you? "Life is a journey of adventures while death is no more," from my mom

Who is your biggest fan? My baby sister

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