LSU forward expected to be one of college basketball’s most impactful transfers this season

When new LSU coach Matt McMahon took the job last spring, the task set before him was a daunting one.

Following the firing of coach Will Wade, the Tigers saw a mass exodus of talent from the basketball program as players flocked to the transfer portal or NBA draft. McMahon managed to keep a couple of those guys around, and he made up for the losses with a fantastic recruiting and transfer class.

The transfers, specifically, are set to make a major impact in McMahon’s first season in Baton Rouge, and one of them was named among the top 25 transfers to watch in college basketball in 2022-23.

KJ Williams, a fifth-year forward who followed McMahon from his previous post at Murray State, came in at No. 9 in the transfer rankings from On3. Williams saw significant action in each of his four seasons with the Racers, and he spent the last two seasons as a full-time starter.

He’s coming off his best season yet. In 2021-22, Williams averaged 18 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. It was the third straight season that Williams averaged in double-figures scoring with the Racers. He was named the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year last season and is a three-time First Team All-OVC selection.

He was considered one of the top transfer portal options available this offseason, and he ultimately made the decision to join his head coach in the SEC. The 6-foot-10 forward — who is originally from Cleveland, Mississippi — is one of three transfers LSU landed from Murray State, alongside Trae Hannibal and Justice Hill.

The Tigers are coming off a first-round NCAA Tournament exit in Wade’s final season (though he didn’t coach in the tournament). It’s hard to know what to expect from this new-look roster, but players like Williams raise the ceiling considerably.


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