Nick Williams will not return next season

  • 04/15/2009 6:33 pm in

The scholarship situation in Bloomington is starting to sort itself out. A couple of weeks ago, the Hoosiers were oversigned by a scholarship and speculation grew on players considering a transfer. First, it was Malik Story. And now, his roommate and fellow freshman Nick Williams has also decided to leave the program.

Our friend Chris Korman of The Herald-Times/Hoosier Scoop was first to report the transfer:

“After the season, Nick expressed displeasure with his role this year and also shared concern with members of our coaching staff about his future role in the program, ” said Crean.  “He is a fine young man and we have enjoyed our relationship with him over time.  He played hard and did some very good things for us and we wish him the best.”

The decision by Williams is a curious one considering he originally signed with Marquette and then followed Crean to Bloomington last spring. But when you consider that Maurice Creek is coming into the program, Devan Dumes commands his share of looks and Verdell Jones came into his own down the stretch, Williams, like Story, would likely have taken a tumble down the depth chart. As of right now, IU will enter next season with 12 scholarship players. There is, however, a possibility that another player could be added to the 2009 class as the staff continues to evaluate talent this spring.

Korman’s story also reported that walk-on Broderick Lewis has left the team. The complete release from IU, with more comments from Crean and a quote from Williams, after the jump.

(Photo credit: Indianapolis Star)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has announced that freshman forward Nick Williams, a native of Mobile, Alabama will not return to the program.

“After the season, Nick expressed displeasure with his role this year and also shared concern with members of our coaching staff about his future role in the program, ” said Crean. “He is a fine young man and we have enjoyed our relationship with him over time. He played hard and did some very good things for us and we wish him the best.”

Williams started 29 games and averaged 8.9 points and 4.5 rebounds. He was fourth on the team averaging 26.5 minutes per game.

“It was a difficult decision, but one I felt I needed to make as I looked at the future,” said Williams. “I want to thank everyone at IU for their support this season. I’m going to finish up the semester and then begin the process of finding a program where I can come in and have an impact for them.”

The Hoosiers will have one open scholarship for next season should they choose to use it.

“We will continue to recruit and work with the young men who have embraced the challenge of
competition that is in front of them as we rebuild this great program,” Crean added.

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  • MillaRed

    A lot of interesting reactions here.

    I'm dissappointed with a few comments about NW. That guy had a lot of passion. He chose to pursue the rats nest that was IU basketball 2008-2009 and I give him a lot of credit for that. As far as the “excuse” they gave? They have to say something. Fact is he was looking into the crystal ball and PT was not looking good.

    I agree with the Mo Creek theories. That guy will start.

    If we end up going, Rivers, VIII and Dumes, who guards the small forward? Rivers while Dumes guards the point? I guess it's possible.

    There is more talent left on the table for 2010 than 2009-10. I hope we pursue the 2010 class because we still aren't competing at a high level this fall.

    Every team needs a Matt Roth. We have to understand, IU did not have the inside/outside talent to free this kid up. Every team played us on the perimeter. He could develop into the best pure shooter in the Big Ten if he isn't already.

    I liked Story and Williams. What we are seeing is the painful part of this rebuild is not over. It's a process that continues to show its ugly side. I'm looking forward to it moving on……..

  • MillaRed

    A lot of interesting reactions here.

    I'm dissappointed with a few comments about NW. That guy had a lot of passion. He chose to pursue the rats nest that was IU basketball 2008-2009 and I give him a lot of credit for that. As far as the “excuse” they gave? They have to say something. Fact is he was looking into the crystal ball and PT was not looking good.

    I agree with the Mo Creek theories. That guy will start.

    If we end up going, Rivers, VIII and Dumes, who guards the small forward? Rivers while Dumes guards the point? I guess it's possible.

    There is more talent left on the table for 2010 than 2009-10. I hope we pursue the 2010 class because we still aren't competing at a high level this fall.

    Every team needs a Matt Roth. We have to understand, IU did not have the inside/outside talent to free this kid up. Every team played us on the perimeter. He could develop into the best pure shooter in the Big Ten if he isn't already.

    I liked Story and Williams. What we are seeing is the painful part of this rebuild is not over. It's a process that continues to show its ugly side. I'm looking forward to it moving on……..

  • HoosierOdi

    I think Dumes would be good coming off the bench. All Roth needs to do is work out, he has the basketball skills just needs to hit the weights and get into great shape. One thing i hope we wont see next year is VJ3 throwing those hero type of passes that get stolen 99% of the time. I don't think he will throw as many because there is now someone off the bench that TC can stick in for him. There is a bright future for this squad, I can feel it.

  • HoosierOdi

    I think Dumes would be good coming off the bench. All Roth needs to do is work out, he has the basketball skills just needs to hit the weights and get into great shape. One thing i hope we wont see next year is VJ3 throwing those hero type of passes that get stolen 99% of the time. I don't think he will throw as many because there is now someone off the bench that TC can stick in for him. There is a bright future for this squad, I can feel it.

  • aerialM

    am disappointed about NW. He was/is a passionate kid who did lots of the little things. That being said, he's got to do those little thing to see some playing time because he's not the best shooter or the best passer or the best on-the-ball defender. And yeah, he'd have had some tough competition for time next year, but transfers are a part of EVERY major program and involve all sorts of things. Not just basketball issues, but classes and the living situation and you never know when you get a kid playing ball away from his home area. Plus, there have been a few coaching changes in SEC country since he was a high school senior, so some schools he never looked at, he might seriously consider now. Purely me guessing here, but I'd say he's looking at/thinking about going home to Alabama where Anthony Grant now is…
    best of luck to him. He fought the good fight. He was a part of a team, that, for better or worse, we won't soon forget here at IU.

  • aerialM

    am disappointed about NW. He was/is a passionate kid who did lots of the little things. That being said, he's got to do those little thing to see some playing time because he's not the best shooter or the best passer or the best on-the-ball defender. And yeah, he'd have had some tough competition for time next year, but transfers are a part of EVERY major program and involve all sorts of things. Not just basketball issues, but classes and the living situation and you never know when you get a kid playing ball away from his home area. Plus, there have been a few coaching changes in SEC country since he was a high school senior, so some schools he never looked at, he might seriously consider now. Purely me guessing here, but I'd say he's looking at/thinking about going home to Alabama where Anthony Grant now is…
    best of luck to him. He fought the good fight. He was a part of a team, that, for better or worse, we won't soon forget here at IU.

  • aerialM

    am disappointed about NW. He was/is a passionate kid who did lots of the little things. That being said, he's got to do those little thing to see some playing time because he's not the best shooter or the best passer or the best on-the-ball defender. And yeah, he'd have had some tough competition for time next year, but transfers are a part of EVERY major program and involve all sorts of things. Not just basketball issues, but classes and the living situation and you never know when you get a kid playing ball away from his home area. Plus, there have been a few coaching changes in SEC country since he was a high school senior, so some schools he never looked at, he might seriously consider now. Purely me guessing here, but I'd say he's looking at/thinking about going home to Alabama where Anthony Grant now is…
    best of luck to him. He fought the good fight. He was a part of a team, that, for better or worse, we won't soon forget here at IU.

  • Sandman

    I liked Nick's effort & enthusiasm, best of luck. I think that the logjam at the 2/3 has him thinking of reduced PT. However, he seemed to be coming around toward the end of the year. His experience this year would have given him a big competitive edge. His impatience is sad, but common nowadays.

    Perhaps, many arrived hoping for big minutes at a D1, but the fact of the matter is, the work is hard and long just to compete let alone start or play serious minutes, even in a struggling reloading program.

    So, the key question is would you rather probably play more minutes at a mid-major OR play for IU no matter the situation & just work to earn your minutes?!? Personally, I want those who REALLY want to be at IU and are not afraid of good competition to get to play.

  • Sandman

    I liked Nick's effort & enthusiasm, best of luck. I think that the logjam at the 2/3 has him thinking of reduced PT. However, he seemed to be coming around toward the end of the year. His experience this year would have given him a big competitive edge. His impatience is sad, but common nowadays.

    Perhaps, many arrived hoping for big minutes at a D1, but the fact of the matter is, the work is hard and long just to compete let alone start or play serious minutes, even in a struggling reloading program.

    So, the key question is would you rather probably play more minutes at a mid-major OR play for IU no matter the situation & just work to earn your minutes?!? Personally, I want those who REALLY want to be at IU and are not afraid of good competition to get to play.

  • James

    Nick was a winner everywhere he went before IU…and its always hard to lose a player like that. I just always thought that he would eventually be the best player out of the 08 class…even with VJ's scoring burst at the end of the season. Although I agree that there are some kids that might have trumped him eventually…i feel he would have made those young kids earn it. Its just tough to lose these players that had the “trial by fire” big ten treatment last year. Creek, Watford, and Elston are gonna figure that out and may struggle early. Of course Hulls will too but VJ and Rivers will take a lot of pressure off him. It would just be nice to not have to start/rely on more than one freshman again. But thats college ball…
    That being said…im glad to hear someone else mention Elston as a possible starter/major contributor next year. I have seen him play a couple times and I really think the kid will be more ready physically then the others coming in. He could be the hidden jem of this class…maybe

  • James

    Nick was a winner everywhere he went before IU…and its always hard to lose a player like that. I just always thought that he would eventually be the best player out of the 08 class…even with VJ's scoring burst at the end of the season. Although I agree that there are some kids that might have trumped him eventually…i feel he would have made those young kids earn it. Its just tough to lose these players that had the “trial by fire” big ten treatment last year. Creek, Watford, and Elston are gonna figure that out and may struggle early. Of course Hulls will too but VJ and Rivers will take a lot of pressure off him. It would just be nice to not have to start/rely on more than one freshman again. But thats college ball…
    That being said…im glad to hear someone else mention Elston as a possible starter/major contributor next year. I have seen him play a couple times and I really think the kid will be more ready physically then the others coming in. He could be the hidden jem of this class…maybe

  • JerryCT

    I would argue that Dumes's experience should be in the game when Hulls is and therefore agree that coming off the bench might eventually be DUmes's role.

    In addition his mentality is to make stuff happen which is one of the most valuable assets of a bench player.

  • JerryCT

    I would argue that Dumes's experience should be in the game when Hulls is and therefore agree that coming off the bench might eventually be DUmes's role.

    In addition his mentality is to make stuff happen which is one of the most valuable assets of a bench player.

  • JerryCT

    I would argue that Dumes's experience should be in the game when Hulls is and therefore agree that coming off the bench might eventually be DUmes's role.

    In addition his mentality is to make stuff happen which is one of the most valuable assets of a bench player.

  • cooper

    I thought he had a chance to be really good, and become a really good defender, Ron Artest type. I think he will be missed.

  • cooper

    I thought he had a chance to be really good, and become a really good defender, Ron Artest type. I think he will be missed.

  • cooper

    I thought he had a chance to be really good, and become a really good defender, Ron Artest type. I think he will be missed.

  • tberry

    I think the coaching staff has a great deal of power and influence in who will stay and who will leave.

    Crean recruited the best he could get for this past year but it is obvious that all coaches over-sign if they find a really good player. They do this because they know they can loose the kid one way or the other if they need to.

  • tberry

    I think the coaching staff has a great deal of power and influence in who will stay and who will leave.

    Crean recruited the best he could get for this past year but it is obvious that all coaches over-sign if they find a really good player. They do this because they know they can loose the kid one way or the other if they need to.

  • tberry

    I think the coaching staff has a great deal of power and influence in who will stay and who will leave.

    Crean recruited the best he could get for this past year but it is obvious that all coaches over-sign if they find a really good player. They do this because they know they can loose the kid one way or the other if they need to.

  • JerryCT

    I would argue that Dumes's experience should be in the game when Hulls is and therefore agree that coming off the bench might eventually be DUmes's role.

    In addition his mentality is to make stuff happen which is one of the most valuable assets of a bench player.

  • cooper

    I thought he had a chance to be really good, and become a really good defender, Ron Artest type. I think he will be missed.

  • tberry

    I think the coaching staff has a great deal of power and influence in who will stay and who will leave.

    Crean recruited the best he could get for this past year but it is obvious that all coaches over-sign if they find a really good player. They do this because they know they can loose the kid one way or the other if they need to.

  • tannedtommy

    Once again, another example of Tanned Tommy chasing off a young man to whom he made a promise. All you folks at It's Indiana, It's Indiana better get used to the annual exodus of players who are being driven from Bloomington like St Patrick and the snakes.