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Arizona hosting Fresno State transfer Bryson Williams

The big man would have to sit out the 2018-19 season

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The Arizona Wildcats are in the mix for Fresno State transfer Bryson Williams.

Bulldogs head coach Justin Hutson told Andrew Marden of KSEE that Williams has visited UTEP, Oregon, and Arizona as he searches for a new place to continue his college career.

The door is open for Williams to return to Fresno State, but Hutson said he is planning for the upcoming season as if Williams is leaving.

If Williams does transfer, he will have to sit out the 2018-19 season before having two years of eligibility.

The 6-foot-8, 230-pound big man averaged 13.8 points and 6.1 rebounds as a sophomore in 2017-18, being named third-team All-Mountain West.

Williams shot 59.6 percent from the field, doing all of his damage inside the 3-point line. The Fresno native took 43 percent of his field-goal attempts at the rim, where he converted 73 percent of the time, per hoop-math.com.

The rest of Williams’ shots were 2-point jumpers, which he made 50 percent of the time.

Williams started at center for the Bulldogs, but also played the 4, per KenPom. He averaged 0.7 blocks and 0.5 steals per game.

Williams’ favorite athlete is Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green because he “plays hard, he’s tough, and versatile.”

Arizona has one scholarship available, and head coach Sean Miller hinted a couple weeks ago that it could be used on a transfer like Williams.

“There’s a couple players that we have our eye on that ... they’ve already mentioned that they’re going to transfer and it’s just a matter of whether that will be here or not,” Miller said. “But I don’t think that we have anybody that we’re recruiting that would be eligible this year in the first semester.”

Williams announced his decision to transfer in April after head coach Rodney Terry left for UTEP.


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