While the emergence of Freshman All-American Terrico White and the return of guards Chris Warren, Eniel Polynice and Trevor Gaskins provide Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy with plenty of ammunition for next season, he still hit the recruiting trail in search of some addtional size and speed on the wing for the future.
He got that and much more with the addition of Indiana transfer Nick Williams.
"Nick is a talented, versatile wing who we are excited about joining our program," Kennedy said. "The experience he gained as a freshman at Indiana, coupled with an outstanding prep career, makes him exactly what we were looking for."
At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, Williams brings a unique skill-set to Oxford.
After originally signing with Marquette in the fall of 2007, Williams opted to follow former Golden Eagle head coach Tom Crean to Indiana after being granted a special waiver by the NCAA in the spring of 2008.
Williams quickly made a name for himself in Bloomington, starting 29-of-31 games as a true freshman. He ranked fourth on the team in scoring with 8.9 ppg, third in minutes played at 23.0 and third in rebounding with 4.5 rebounds per game.
While he'll have to sit out the 2009-2010 season due to transfer rules, Williams will have three years of eligibility remaining once he becomes eligible in 2010-2011.
According to sources close to the program Sunday, Williams' projected position ranges anywhere from the two, three or four. He has been described as possibly the best transfer Ole Miss has ever gotten and informed the staff of his decision Friday.
Williams was expected to visit Tuscaloosa over the weekend, but skipped out after deciding upon Ole Miss as his next collegiate destination..
While attending LeFlore High School in Mobile, Ala., Williams averaged 21.0 ppg and 11.7 rpg. During his initial recruiting process, Williams took official visits to Indiana, Marquette and Arkansas.
Since, by rule, a student-athlete is only allotted one LOI, Williams was free to enroll at the college of his choosing once granted a release. Immediately, the former Hoosier turned his attention to Ole Miss, Alabama and Missouri.
It only took one visit to Faulkner country before Williams was sold. Hosted by sophomore Trevor Gaskins, Williams spent a couple of days touring the facilities, meeting the coaches and visiting with players on campus.
Williams Makes it Official
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