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Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball plans to transfer from Northern Kentucky

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Former Owen County standout Carson Williams has asked for his release from Northern Kentucky and will seek a transfer from the school.

According to Don Owen of the NKY Tribune, Williams was officially granted his immediate release earlier this week.

“He’s given it a lot of thought and felt it was best for him to go to another program,” one NKU official told Owen.

As a sophomore for the Norse, Williams averaged 12 points on 61% shooting, 5.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists to help lead NKU to a 22-10 final record and a Horizon League regular-season title.

You may remember Williams from his standout performance against Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last year, where he managed 21 points on 7-10 shooting, seven made free throws, nine rebounds, and an assist. The Cats pulled out the nine-point victory, but Williams certainly made it tough on them.

At Owen County, Williams managed 2,967 career points and hauled in 1,671 rebounds. As a senior, the 6-foot-6 forward averaged 26.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game, leading the Rebels to a school-record 29 wins.

Williams was considered a top-450 player in the nation and a consensus three-star prospect out of high school.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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11 Comments for Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball plans to transfer from Northern Kentucky



  1. Cletis75
    7:41 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Great young man. Met him at his uncles house after the UK game. Great character and hard worker. Would like to see him in blue.



  2. LegggoooCats
    7:54 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    WE NEED SHOOTERS!!!!!!!!!!



  3. Catcasey1
    7:58 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    What’s a shooter



  4. UKLugo
    8:02 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Don’t even think about it.



  5. Rixter
    8:23 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Exactly the kind of kid Calipari needs to be bringing into our program. Think Dominique Hawkins with the ability to shoot. A 4 year kid who could be a glue guy for Kentucky.



    • shepdog3720
      10:02 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      A 4 yr guy with 2 years of eligibility left? He sounds like a 2 yr guy to me.



  6. Lip Man 1
    8:31 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    He’s a tough, “glue-guy” type player that every team can use. I doubt UK is interested but it wouldn’t hurt to reach out to the kid.



  7. callitlikeiseeit
    9:09 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Cal prolly not interested, he just wants guys who are already projected NBA lottery picks so he can get credit for getting them to the NBA. Plus he does not look athletic, that is what matters. Not how well he shoots or dribbles or bball iq. Just need athletic kids.



  8. syrin23
    10:15 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    If the guy doesn’t have a 42 inch vertical and can shoot less than 25% from behind the arc, Cal’s not interest.



  9. Alleykat16
    11:22 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Be nice to see him come here, but dont see it happening



  10. runningunnin.454
    8:34 am March 24, 2018 Permalink

    So why is he transferring? He started 34 of 35 games two years ago, and 27 of 32 this year; he averaged 27 minutes/game…was he hurt, or is that the reason he’s leaving?