Sophomore forward Johnathan Williams III is contemplating transferring from Missouri, according to multiple reports.
Within minutes of Parrish’s report, NBC Sports reported that Williams, who also led Missouri in rebounding as a freshman, would transfer.
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It’s unclear if Williams has made a decision, and a spokesman for the Tigers’ basketball team declined comment.
Williams, a Memphis native who was ranked by Rivals as the No. 42 player overall in the class of 2013, averaged 11.9 points and 7.1 rebounds last season.
He also tied for the team lead with freshman Jakeenan Gant and junior Ryan Rosburg with an average of 0.6 blocks.
In SEC play, Williams’ scoring production dipped to 10.9 points per game.
Williams originally signed with Missouri under Frank Haith, who left for Tulsa last April and was replaced by Kim Anderson, and was recruited by former associate head coach Tim Fuller, who was let go last week.
Williams, who was thrust into a leadership role — uncomfortably at times — as the most experienced player on MU’s roster, expanded his game in the first season under Anderson.
He averaged 6.5 rebounds as a freshman, a mark that climbed substantially, and only attempted 11 three-pointers, but went 22 of 64 from long distance last season as he became more of a stretch four than a true post player.
Missouri went 9-23 last season, setting a record for the most losses in program history and enduring a school-record 13-game losing streak.