Williams transfer not a done deal

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The Selma Times-Journal

AUSTIN, Texas – Despite rumors that have surfaced about basketball player Mike Williams’ possible transfer from the University of Texas, nothing has officially been done according to one person close to the team.

Assistant media relations director Scott McConnell said the Longhorns’ staff became aware of rumors that Williams might leave early Sunday night.

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But nothing has been done to begin a process that would facilitate the departure of the former Wilcox-Central High standout.

“There’s nothing official from the school’s side of things,” McConnell said.

“There are some things in progress, but I don’t think all the paperwork has been done on his end to get an official release.”

Students finished up exams last week, and McConnell said it was his understanding that Williams, a native of Camden, has been home since that time.

A phone call to his parents’ home was not returned.

If Williams does decide to transfer, he would be sitting on the bench for another school next season.

“If there are other schools that are interested, Texas would release his scholarship to them,” McConnell said.

“Then if he transfers to a Division-I school, he’ll have to sit out a year because of NCAA rules.”

The 6-foot-7, 230-pound Williams will be a junior next season.

He averaged 2.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 13.6 minutes per game for the Longhorns this past year. He played in 32 contests, starting three of them.

He sat out the first five games of his freshman season in 2004 because of a dispute over his eligibility.

Williams was named a McDonald’s All-American after his senior season for the Jaguars of Wilcox-Central. He averaged 26 points and 14 rebounds in leading his team to a 5A state championship during his junior season and followed that with averages of 28 points, 16 rebounds and a trip to the semifinals his senior year. Williams was twice named Alabama’s 5A Player of the Year.