Evansville transfer DeAndre Williams has finally come up with a decision.
This afternoon, the 6-foot-10 forward native of Houston, TX announced he will be taking his talents to Memphis next season, choosing the Tigers over Arkansas, Baylor, and Kentucky.
“Next year, I will be attending the University of Memphis,” Williams said in an Instagram Live announcement.
Earlier this week, Kyle Tucker of The Athletic reported that UK may have “backed away from the table” on the versatile forward, who was originally planning to announce a decision this past weekend.
“My sense is UK backed away from the table on Evansville transfer DeAndre Williams,” Tucker said in a tweet Wednesday afternoon. “There’s a lot going on there with a 24-year-old Class of 2016 guy who played for a home school team, had a lost year, then prep school, then ineligible year and has 18 career D1 games.”
“And frankly, I think John Calipari owed it to Keion Brooks (and the two top-50 HS forwards he recruited) to give them a crack at being the guy(s) at power forward,” Tucker continued in a follow-up tweet. “If Sarr gets a waiver, Kentucky has plenty in the frontcourt.”
Kentucky’s frontcourt was something his camp was monitoring closely, with Williams’ former coach and mentor, Kenny Roy, telling KSR that he “didn’t know” UK had so many players fighting for minutes in the post.
“You have to look at the fact that there’s a lot of guys fighting for that four spot on that roster,” Roy told KSR. “You look at the point guard, [Devin] Askew, you look at the two five-star wings he brought in. Somebody’s got to be a two, and someone’s got to be a three. Sarr is at the five. So the way I see it is that there are a lot of guys fighting for that four spot.
“That’s not saying DeAndre won’t fight for that spot, I’ll never take away his competitiveness and how he can play. Like I said last time we talked, DeAndre comes in and takes what he wants. But it’s still worth mentioning that there are a lot of guys at the four spot, I didn’t know there were that many.”
Instead, Williams will play for Penny Hardaway and the Memphis Tigers next season, barring positive feedback to close out the NBA Draft process. Roy told KSR that Williams “wants to hear what the NBA has to say” and will continue to weigh his options.
“I will say that DeAndre wants to hear what the NBA has to say about him,” Roy told KSR. “And if the NBA feels like he needs another year of school, he’ll be back for another year of school. If they’re going to draft him, that’s something he’s going to need to look at with his family.”
Until then, though, Williams will tentatively plan on heading to Memphis next season.