Hilltoppers add veteran experience, sign Cincinnati guard Williams

Jake Moore, Sports Editor

WKU Men’s Basketball head coach Rick Stansbury announced the addition of Cincinnati Bearcats transfer guard Keith Williams to his 2021-22 roster on Wednesday afternoon.

It was a busy day for Stansbury’s program, as Williams was the second announced signing of the day, joining the addition of junior college talent Sherman Brashear. Williams brings four years worth of experience with him to the Hill and is exercising his fifth and final year of eligibility extended to him due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Keith is a player who’s had great success at a high level and with a quality program,” Stansbury said in a press release. “He brings us maturity, experience, versatility and a lot of toughness. He’s a terrific young man and teammate who already has his degree. We’re thrilled to have him be a part of our family.”

Williams helped lead the Bearcats to a pair of AAC tournament championships and NCAA Tournament bids in 2018-19. He leaves the Queen City ranked 35th all-time in career points scored (1,156). He earned 2021 Second Team All-AAC honors after averaging 14.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists across his senior season. The six-foot-five Brooklyn, New York native put up double-digit points in 16 of 23 games during the 2020-21 season.

Williams started 29 of the Bearcats’ 30 games during his junior year, averaging 12.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals. He put up 30 points on 12-of-18 shooting and tallied four steals against the South Florida Bulls on March 3, 2020.

Williams is not the only veteran transfer Stansbury has brought in for the upcoming season. The Hilltoppers have brought in Maryland forward Jairus Hamilton and DePaul forward Jaylen Butz to help coach WKU’s young talent.

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