LSU coach Matt McMahon picks up another transfer from Murray State

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The task set before new LSU coach Matt McMahon was a tall one when he arrived on the bayou.

He had to rebuild the Tigers’ roster almost essentially from scratch. While it remains to be seen how the group will actually look on the court, he’s done an incredibly impressive job of that, restocking an empty recruiting class with talented players and adding even more through the transfer portal.

The latest addition for McMahon is K.J. Williams, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Murray State. Williams told On3 of his decision on Thursday.

“I chose LSU because I have great relationships with the coaches and it’s on a bigger stage where I know I could play,” Williams said. “Me being in the position I’m in, I know I can play in the SEC against top players in the country.”

Williams was a four-year contributor for the Racers. The Mississippi native became a full-time starter two years ago, starting every game he’s appeared in since. He averaged a career-high 18 points this past season with 8.4 rebounds, and he’s averaged in double figures scoring each of the last three seasons.

LSU has now added three players from Murray State via the transfer portal, as Williams joins Justice Hill and Trae Hannibal. He’ll be a fifth-year senior during his final year of eligibility in 2022-23, and he should provide a veteran impact for the Tigers’ frontcourt next season.

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