Evansville transfer DeAndre Williams signed with Memphis on Friday, he announced on social media.
Williams’ recruitment extended almost a week longer than originally planned and the 6-foot-9 forward eventually chose Memphis over Arkansas, Baylor, and Kentucky (maybe).
Reports are that Kentucky was completely out of the recruitment when Williams made his announcement Friday. Go Big Blue Country is under the impression that Kentucky hasn’t been involved since last weekend when there was concern from Williams’ camp about the addition of Olivier Sarr to the UK roster.
Williams told John Martin of The Athletic that Kentucky fought until the very end.
“They were fighting until the end. Penny [Hardaway] just showed the better hand. He wanted a true relationship with me, and it stuck out to me real huge,” Williams told Martin.
If it came down to Kentucky and Memphis, the Tigers were clearly the only choice to make in the end.
Williams would have added depth to the roster but it could’ve created playing time issues at the 4 spot with Keion Brooks, Lance Ware, and Isaiah Jackson.
In my opinion, the decision made worked out the best for both parties. David Sisk of Cats Illustrated reported earlier on Friday that Kentucky was completely out of the picture.
This is old news to some, but It was confirmed to me earlier that Kentucky is totally out of the DeAndre Williams sweepstakes. We heard a couple of days ago that there was a mutual parting, but this is the most official capacity I have heard it. @KentuckyRivals
— David Sisk (@CoachDavidSisk) May 15, 2020
I asked new Memphis commit DeAndre Williams about Kentucky backing off. This is what he said:
"They were fighting until the end. Penny just showed the better hand. He wanted a true relationship with me, and it stuck out to me real huge.”
— John Martin (@JohnMartin929) May 15, 2020