Sunday, January 17, 2010


Eilliot Williams, a freshman last year at Duke, got more playing time in the second-half of the season and he gave the Blue Devils a much-needed boost. At seasons’ end, he announced he was leaving Durham to be nearer to his family for medical reasons.

Turns out, Williams’ sister Delois was suffering from a serious illness (the details of which the family has kept private) at his family’s hometown of St. George near Memphis. When John “I’ll See Your NCAA Wins And Raise You Some Sanctions” Calipari bolted for Kentucky, new coach Josh Pastner was happy to see Williams.

How happy?

Williams has settled right into the 12-4 Tigers lineup and is their leading scorer at 19.9 points per game. Left for dead by Calipari, Memphis (two to the NBA, two graduated, four recruits bolted) is second in Conference USA and Williams 48 percent shooting and league leading 85 free throws made is a major part of the equation.

He has been named C-USA rookie of the week three times already this season.

Williams scored 33 points, a career high, in the Tigers' 59-57 victory at Southern Miss last Saturday. He made 8-of-12 attempts from 3-point range. Williams also had 10 points the prior Wednesday in the Tigers' loss at Syracuse and eight points in a win over East Carolina earlier this week.

Apparently, he has also literally grown up, Duke listed Williams at 6’4” while Memphis has him at 6’5”.

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