Posted on: April 12, 2010 9:25 pm
Edited on: April 12, 2010 9:34 pm
Memphis sophomore guard Elliot Williams will enter the NBA Draft, a source close to the program confirmed Monday to CBSSports.com.
An official announcement is expected later this week.
Williams averaged 17.9 points and 3.8 assists per game this season, his first for the Tigers after transferring from Duke. He's expected to remain in the draft and sign with an agent. Williams is projected by most as a late first-round pick.
Posted on: August 21, 2009 5:49 pm
Edited on: August 21, 2009 5:50 pm
The NCAA has granted a waiver that will allow Elliot Williams to play for Memphis this season.
"We are appreciative to the NCAA in granting this waiver request for Elliot," said Memphis coach Josh Pastner. "We understand this is bittersweet, but Elliot is excited to play for his hometown school. The city of Memphis has fully embraced Elliot and his family, and they are so grateful for the support they have received."
A Memphis native, Williams chose to enroll at Duke out of high school over Tennessee, Memphis and Virginia. He played for the Blue Devils last season. But the former McDonald's All-American opted to transfer closer to home this summer to be near his mother, who is battling cancer, and there was little doubt at the time that the NCAA would waive the penalty that typically forces Division I transfers to sit out one year.
In other words, Friday's announcement comes as no surprise.
But it's still considered a dose of good news for a program that needed some.
A day earlier, the NCAA announced it is forcing Memphis to vacate its 2008 Final Four.
Posted on: June 27, 2009 6:33 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2009 7:16 pm
Former Duke starter Elliot Williams has informed Josh Pastner's staff that he plans to transfer (as expected ) to Memphis, sources close to the program told CBSSports.com on Saturday.
Williams' father, Mexwayne Williams, later confirmed the news to CBSSports.com via text message.
An official announcement should come next week.
Williams is a 6-foot-4 guard from Memphis who initially chose Duke over Memphis, Tennessee and Virginia. He started the final 12 games for the Blue Devils last season, but decided to transfer because of what Duke called "family medical reasons." Multiple sources have told CBSSports.com the specific reason is that Williams' mother is battling cancer, an unfortunate development that should allow the former McDonald's All-American to receive a waiver from the NCAA what will make him eligible to play for the Tigers this season.
Sources said Williams will apply for the waiver soon.
He should be a starter for Memphis in its first season under Josh Pastner.
Posted on: June 25, 2009 5:11 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2009 5:38 pm
Duke transfer Elliot Williams plans to move "closer to home" and ask the NCAA for a waiver to play next season because his mother is battling cancer. He will reportedly choose between Memphis, Tennessee, Kentucky and Vanderbilt. But the problem with those two statements is that they don't seem to jibe, because there's no chance the Memphis native would get a waiver to play at Tennessee or Kentucky, and even Vanderbilt is a stretch.
At least that's what one Division I coach told CBSSports.com.
According to a Division I coach who has dealt with transfers, the NCAA has "tightened up" the criteria for waivers since allowing Tyler Smith to transfer from Iowa to Tennessee without penalty when Smith's father was battling cancer. Smith wanted to "be closer to home" because of his father's illness, so he picked Tennessee, which is 248 miles from his home in Pulaski, Tenn. The NCAA granted the waiver. But the source said the guidelines are now stricter (even if they aren't clearly defined).
"I know a player who transferred to a school 106 miles from his home, and the NCAA denied the waiver," the source said. "They wanted to know that the player was going to have 'day-to-day responsibilities' with the family member before granting the waiver, and they said that you can't have 'day-to-day responsibilities' if you're 106 miles away."
Assuming that ruling is consistent with the NCAA's current way of thinking, it appears unlikely that Williams could get a waiver to play at any of the schools he's considering except for Memphis. Consider:
And that's why it seems to be a near certainty that he'll play for the Tigers next season.
Posted on: June 24, 2009 10:21 am
Mexwayne Williams told CBSSports.com last month that his son, Elliot, planned to play his sophomore season at Duke despite multiple sources claiming that the former McDonald's All-American was on the verge of transferring closer to his Memphis home due to circumstances that could allow him to change schools without penalty.
Apparently, that plan has now changed.
Williams has been granted a release from Duke.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Elliot and his family,” said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. “We fully support him in his efforts to be closer to them during this trying time. He is a good young man with an opportunity to become an outstanding player. We wish him well as he determines his future. He will always be a part of our program and we will always be in his corner."
According to multiple sources, the "family medical reason" that led to Williams' release has to do with his mother. Those same sources said the University of Memphis is the most likely destination for the 6-foot-4 guard, although Ole Miss and Vanderbilt might also be considered "close enough to home" to allow Williams to play next season as opposed to having to sit out a year per normal NCAA transfer rules.
Williams started at Duke toward the end of his freshman season.
He chose Duke out of high school over Memphis, Tennessee and Virginia.
Posted on: May 29, 2009 7:02 pm
Mexwayne Williams' cell phone has been busy this week.
It's been wild at work, too.
All because of speculation -- speculation among both fans and industry sources -- that his son, Elliot Williams, is considering transferring from Duke back home to the University of Memphis due to circumstances, multiple sources have told CBSSports.com, that could allow the former McDonald's All-American to change schools without penalty and play immediately at Memphis, if he chose to go that route.
Reached by phone Friday afternoon, Mexwayne Williams addressed the issue with CBSSports.com. Asked whether his son is considering transferring from Duke to Memphis, he said: "As of right now, to my knowledge, Elliot will be attending Duke University as a sophomore and playing basketball. You can quote that."
Consider it quoted.
Elliot Williams started Duke's final 12 games last season.
He chose Duke out of high school over Tennessee and Memphis.