In the best news the Ohio State basketball program has received in months, redshirt junior guard Kam Williams announced his apparent return for a fifth-and-final season.
Williams put his name into the 2017 NBA Draft, but did not hire an agent and had until midnight tonight to remove his name from consideration. That has seemingly happened according to this post from Williams on his Instagram account.
Williams averaged 9.4 points per game last year. He started 29 of Ohio State’s 32 games. His return is made even more impactful by last month’s departure of guard JaQuan Lyle. Without Williams, the Buckeyes would have only had two scholarship guards on the roster next season who weren’t previously walk-ons.
Now Williams will likely team with point guard C.J. Jackson as Ohio State’s starting backcourt, with incoming freshman Braxton Beverly sparing them both. That’s not a deep backcourt by any means, but it’s a lot better than it would have been without Williams.
Ohio State is still reaching out to graduate transfers and may have to again go the junior college route to help fill out the roster.