Deandre Williams has a number of options for next season. Will it be the NBA Draft or the NCAA Basketball route with four finalists?
Even though he’s only played 18 career games in NCAA Basketball, Deandre Williams has had quite the journey. Viewed as a high-level prospect out of high school, he was a class of 2018 commit who was unable to play after academic eligibility issues. He lost a year and had to sit out for Evansville but was part of what should’ve been a special past season.
Things looked great for the Purple Aces, beating No. 1 Kentucky in the second game of the season. But once head coach Walter McCarty was suspended and eventually relieved of his duties after off the court misconduct they lost every game for the rest of the season, failing to win any of the last 19 contests.
It hurt that Williams wasn’t there for most of those games. After averaging 15.2 ppg and 6.9 rpg in 18 games, back injuries took him out for most of the second half of the year. He wasn’t the same after scoring 28 points against Valpo but even in limited action, the 6’9 forward showcased his skills of not only an elite mid-major basketball player but one of the most talented overall.
With the new coaching change, it wasn’t unexpected that Williams would enter the transfer portal, becoming one of the most sought-after players. He also entered the NBA Draft, where he’s a serious candidate to be drafted. He fits the modern-day game and has elite versatility to offer.
Considering that he’s already 23 years old, his professional clock is already ticking and the potential of having to sit out another season would be devastating for his clock. He won’t know for a while if he’ll get a waiver to play next season so he could leave and go pro.
If not, one of these four teams (Arkansas, Baylor, Kentucky and Memphis) could be getting an elite transfer forward. These are the potential finalists that Williams has and all of them could use him. Here’s a look at his potential fit with all four programs, assuming that he comes to college for one more year.