Kam Williams has decided to be a Buckeye for one more season. The guard announced he will be coming back for his final year via Instagram Wednesday morning.
Williams’ future became a storyline in late April when his name was found on the NBA's list of early entry candidates for the 2017 NBA draft. Per NCAA rules, underclassmen who had entered the 2017 NBA draft had until Wednesday to withdraw if they wanted to retain college basketball eligibility. Williams was a fourth-year junior last year, so he was one of the many underclassmen who had to make a decision by Wednesday.
There was a report at the beginning of this month, however, that Williams had already decided to return for the 2017-18 campaign.
Williams quickly took to Twitter to explain that he had made no such decision at that time.
Regardless, the Baltimore native will be a Buckeye this winter. Williams (6-2, 185) averaged 9.4 points, nearly one assist and 2.1 rebounds per game last season while playing in all 32 contests, 29 of which he started.
Williams' announcement has been one of the few bright spots for Ohio State this offseason, which has included four players leaving the program for various reasons. Center David Bell transferred to Jacksonville University, a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. Guard Jimmy Jent, who was a former walk-on and is the son of current Buckeye basketball assistant coach Chris Jent, is no longer on the team so he can concentrate on academics going forward, an OSU spokesperson confirmed. It was revealed earlier this month that point guard JaQuan Lyle quit the team back in April. And center Trevor Thompson signed with an agent, thus voiding his final season of college basketball eligibility.
Including Williams, Ohio State presently has four guards on its roster. The other three are incoming freshman Braxton Beverly and juniors C.J. Jackson and Joey Lane.
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