Williams, from St. Albans, W.Va., thought he would play more against the non-conference opponents on the Wildcats schedule. "This doesn't have anything to do with not being happy at UK. It just ate at me as the season went on. ... not participating, it killed me. I started dreading practice, not liking basketball. I knew then it was time to make a change." Williams played only 20 minutes this past season as a freshman. That marked the fewest minutes for a UK scholarship freshman since Todd Ziegler played 14 in the 1984-85 season. Williams' eight game appearances were the fewest for a UK scholarship freshman in at least the last 25 years. "I have a great amount of respect for Kentucky basketball," Williams said. "I think I have the ability to play 40 minutes. I've always been a Herd fan and I have lots of friends at Marshall. Coach Ron Jirsa is a nice guy and I think the program is headed in the right direction"
Tex Williams, Adam's father and coach in West Virginia, told Herd Insider magazine the decision to transfer as a win-win for player and school. "We want to have a better chance to get on the floor," the player's father said, "Adam is a lot like me when I played. I was on the floor 99 percent of the time, and he's got that attitude too." Tex Williams was very happy over his son's choice of joining the Thundering Herd, where he starred in baseball and football in the early 1960s. "It sure is exciting," said the elder Williams of his son coming to his alma mater. "I'm estatic, as are all my friends and former teammates. It's a win-win for Marshall, and for UK and coach Smith, who offered Adam a chance to stay.
"Adam just wanted to get on the floor quicker and Marshall will give him a chance to play for three seasons," said Tex Williams. "We had a real positive meeting with Ron Jirsa and his staff on Saturday, watched their skill drills. Adam then took two days to decide on whether to go to Marshall, or to talk more with the eight-to-ten schools who were also offering scholarships."
Williams, in just one season at Kentucky, has a spot in UK basketball history as a footnote. He committed at the end of his sophomore season, one of the earliest commitments UK has ever received. That year he made the all-Kanahwa County second team, which prompted questions about why Kentucky sought the commitment. Williams had played well during Smith's summer camps. "I was also a big UK fan," said the younger Williams of his decision to go to Kentucky. "Maybe I made a mistake committing as a sophomore, but no one at 16-years old who was offered a scholarship to Kentucky, who was a fan of UK their whole life, would have turned that scholarship down."
As the player's father recalled, Tubby Smith told Adam Williams, "Don't get the idea we're happy you're going to go. I want to let you know, Kentucky would still like to have you in the program." Adam Williams was very comfortable this weekend watching the Herd coaches work out the team in individual drills. "All the Marshall coaches came in and were real excited about me," said Williams. "It makes me feel comfortable. UK doesn't need me, but Marshall, I think I can really help a lot. I don't expect to be promised playing time, but if I perform at practice, I expect to be on the floor."
Some information on Adam Williams, from the Kentucky official athletic website, www.ukathletics.com, from roster (edited by HI): Williams has a solid long-range shot and quickness. He has added maturity after a year of prep ball at IMG Academy and will turn 22 by the time he takes the floor as a sophomore for the Thundering Herd. Williams will add depth to an already talented guard lineup.
At St. Albans (W.Va.) High School, Williams averaged 22.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists as a senior for the Red Dragons, leading his team to the state tournament. He claimed the Bill Evans Award in 2003-04, given to the top player in West Virginia. He was named first team All-State two seasons in a row and earned All-Kanawha County team honors for the third year in a row. Williams was a three-year starter for St. Albans and was the Kanawha County Player of the Year as a junior after averaging 19 points, eight rebounds and nearly four assists. He also earned the 2004 Citizenship Award by the City of St. Albans and was named the 2004 St. Albans Homecoming King.
He was coached in high school by his father, Tex Williams, who is a member of the Thundering Herd Athletic Hall of Fame. Tex was All-Mid-American Conference for Marshall in baseball and basketball in the early 1960s. Adam Williams spent the 2004-05 season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida before joining the Wildcats for the 2005-06 season. He would have to sit out a year as a transfer to Marshall, but would have three years left to play.
Adam Williams was born Sept. 19, 1985 in Charleston, W. Va., his major is business and his parents are Tex and Sandy Williams. He is 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, although he would like to play at 195-200. He will be a sophomore for the 2007-08 Herd, with three seasons of eligibility.
Here is a bit of Adam Williams on Adam Williams, from his team bio at www.ukathletics.com:
The most interesting thing I did in the summer was...become a Kentucky Wildcat.
My most prized possession is...my video games.
Most people don't know this about me, but I...have lived with my mom and grandma since I was five.
When was the last time you were moved to tears...was when I watched the movie "Cinderella Man" (with Russell Crowe).
What person has influenced you most in life? Mom and Dad - it's a tie.
What is your most memorable moment as a basketball player? Making it to the state tournament my senior year with my dad as the coach.
What is your greatest fear? Failure.
What is the trait/habit you most hate in yourself? I always stay up too late.
I chose my jersey number (25) because…it's unique.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? "What's goin' on?"
Which talent would you most like to have? More quickness. Who are your heroes in life? My mom, dad, grandma, and Jeff Sheppard.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? St. Albans, W. Va. I love home.
The most famous person I've ever met is…Jerry West.
My favorite midnight snack is…pizza.
Two words that best describe my style of play are…"high riser."
I'm as good as anyone at…college football on video games.