Texas Tech transfer C.J. Williamson announced his commitment to Florida Gulf Coast on Monday while on a visit to the FGCU campus. Williamson will have to sit out the 2016-17 season due to NCAA transfer rules but will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017-18.
In his freshman season at Texas Tech, the 6-foot-6 guard averaged 7 minutes and 1.8 points per game - recording a season-high six points against West Virginia in late January. Williamson originally committed to Tubby Smith and the Red Raiders as a class of 2015 recruit. Smith left Texas Tech this off-season to become the next head coach at Memphis.
He announced his decision to transfer on Thursday (August 11) and released his final four schools - Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, UNC Wilmington, and Florida Gulf Coast - the following day. Williamson eliminated Ole Miss and UNC Wilmington from his initial list before choosing the Eagles over Virginia Tech.
He joins an already star-studded guard group in Dunk City. Highly-touted UCF transfer Brandon Goodwin will take the court for FGCU this season while Zach Johnson is coming off an Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team campaign. Tabbed as a point guard but listed at 6-foot-6, Williamson will bring a different dynamic to this Eagles back-court. He has the ability to guard multiple positions while working inside and out.
While seniors Marc-Eddy Norelia and Demetris Morant are heading into their final season at FGCU, Williamson and fellow transfer Ricky Doyle (Michigan) will become available next season and should be primed for big roles in the Blue and Green.