Per Jeff Goodman
It appears as though Latavious Williams won’t be playing at Memphis this season.
Williams, a talented and athletic 6-foot-8 forward who was ranked No. 17 in the nation by Rivals.com, put out a news release that he was going to be heading overseas.
“It was a difficult decision,” Williams said in the release. “But after consulting with a number of people, and taking my family situation into consideration, playing overseas is the best move for me.”
I honestly thought it was a joke, so I reached out to his AAU coach/mentor, Valerian “Scooter” Owens, for confirmation.
“Yes, it’s true,” Owens said. “It was a financial decision. He and his family felt it was the best thing for him.”
According to sources, the Memphis staff – which was hoping he’d be eligible academically this year – still hasn’t been informed of the decision by the Williams camp.
I imagine that it’ll be a stretch for Williams to earn even $50,000 in a pro contract overseas. He has virtually no name recognition.
Latavious is an athletic kid who can run the floor and block shots/rebound. Hopefully overseas he can develop the rest of his game.
For Memphis, I don’t believe it’s a huge loss. He certainly was never going to be college for long. One way or another.