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Williams’ Mentor Says Transfer wants Opportunity to Win Championship

DeAndre Williams
Evansville Athletics

John Calipari is aiming to secure the final piece to the 2020-21 Kentucky men’s basketball puzzle.

The UK head coach had a conversation late last night with Evansville transfer DeAndre Williams, his mentor Kenny Roy told Go Big Blue Country Friday morning.

“DeAndre has been talking to Calipari,” Roy said. “He indicated to me they had a good conversation last night, and I thought that was intriguing to know. I anticipate talking to Calipari today.”

The conversation with Calipari Thursday night was about Williams’ fit alongside Wake Forest transfer Olivier Sarr and the rest of Kentucky’s frontcourt pieces. While Roy admits there are some concerns, he doesn’t think Sarr attending Kentucky is impacting Williams’ decision.

“I think it’s a concern, but I don’t think it’s impacting his decision. That’s why I want to talk with Calipari myself as well. I’m sure that Calipari and DeAndre talked about that yesterday. I just want to see exactly what was relayed and just feel comfortable about everything across the board.”

A decision is expected to be made soon and could come at any point this weekend, Roy tells Go Big Blue Country.

“He indicated he wants to be finished with everything by Sunday or Monday at the latest. He wants to put an end to it, know what’s going to happen, and just concentrate on the future from that point.”

As for what Williams is looking for in making his decision, whether it be to attend Kentucky or Arkansas, Baylor, and Memphis, it’s about how he fits in.

“It’s not what he wants; it’s just what he wants to know. Whatever team he goes to, he just wants to know where he fits in. He wants to be part of a team that’s going to be on a championship run and that he has an opportunity to win a championship. That’s where he wants to be to utilize his talents to the best of his ability to help a team win.”

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