Johnathan Williams III decided to transfer to Gonzaga after spending his first two years with Missouri. He made his announcement on Saturday. Williams III decided to transfer back in April and weighed all options before ultimately deciding on the Bulldogs.
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“They’re really big on player development and they’re a top 10 team every year,” Williams said in a phone interview. “I feel like they can make me better.”
Williams said his three finalists were Gonzaga, Georgetown and SMU. He took his time and talked to numerous schools before making up his mind.
“It was just a great visit (to Spokane),” Williams said. “I just wanted to see what all the other schools had to offer. It hasn’t been too stressful, I just wanted to make a good decision based on facts and Gonzaga had all the facts.”
Williams III will follow other high-end transfer Nigel Williams-Goss to Gonzaga, as Williams-Goss (transfer from Washington) announced he would transfer to the Zags last month. Williams III, who will have to sit out next year as per transfer rules, led Missouri in both scoring (11.9 points per game) and rebounding (7.1 rebounds per game) this past season.
The addition of Williams III upfront will help offset the loss of Kyle Wiltjer and Przemek Karnowski when the Bulldogs open the 2016-17 season.