Bloomington – The long-rumored departure of Nick Williams from the IU basketball program has come to fruition.
Indiana University confirmed today at the 6'4" freshman guard from Mobile, Ala., has left the program and intends to transfer to another basketball program. Williams is the third player to announce he's leaving Tom Crean's basketball program, following in the footsteps of his roommate, Malik Story, and walk-on Broderick Lewis.
Williams started 29 of 31 games this season and ranked second on the team in minutes played (823). He ranked fourth on the team in scoring (8.9) and third in rebounding (4.5).
"After the season, Nick expressed displeasure with his role this year and also shared concern with members of our coaching staff about his future role in the program, " Crean said in a prepared statement. "He is a fine young man and we have enjoyed our relationship with him over time. He played hard and did some very good things for us and we wish him the best."
In his own prepared statement, Williams expressed some concern over what his role would be in the future with the team. Indiana is adding a pair of perimeter players in the 2009 class with Indiana Mr. Basketball Jordan Hulls and Maurice Creek, while they'll also have Jeremiah Rivers available as well after he sat out the 2008-09 season following his transfer from Georgetown.
"It was a difficult decision, but one I felt I needed to make as I looked at the future," Williams said in his statement. "I want to thank everyone at IU for their support this season. I'm going to finish up the semester and then begin the process of finding a program where I can come in and have an impact for them."
The exits of Story and Williams puts Indiana one player below the NCAA allotment of 13 scholarship players for the 2009-10 season.
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It's Official - Williams Leaving IU
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