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Dukes to Ducks: Eric Williams, Jr. Commits to Oregon

Dukes to Ducks: Eric Williams, Jr. Commits to Oregon

Former Duquesne wing Eric Williams, Jr. committed to Oregon on Saturday, he announced on his Twitter page.

Williams, a sophomore from Port Huron, Michigan, led the Dukes with 14 points per game and 7.6 rebonds per game in 2018-19. He also averaged 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals per contest.

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With the Ducks, he will have to sit out the 2019-20 season and then have two years of eligibility remaining.

Oregon finished the 2018-19 season with a 25-13 record and in sixth place in the Pac 12. After beating Washington to win the Pac 12 tournament, the Ducks lost to eventual national champions Virginia in the Sweet 16.

Williams is one of four players that announced their intention to transfer from Duquesne following the end of the season, along with guard Brandon Wade and forwards Gavin Bizeau and Dylan Swingle. Guard Mike Lewis II transferred to Nevada at the semester break.

Duquesne head coach Keith Dambrot told Pittsburgh Sports Now on Thursday that he feels comfortable with the ability of the three guards that he’s bringing in — particularly Kennedy Catholic three-star Maceo Austin — to replace what he’s losing in Williams and Wade.

“We felt like with him coming in and the other two young ones coming in with him, that we can offset almost anything that we lost,” Dambrot said.

Duquesne will return the other two members of its starting backcourt in point guard Sincere Carry and shooting guard Frankie Hughes, along with sixth man Tavian Dunn-Martin and backup point guard Lamar Norman, Jr.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Terrence Otoole
Terrence Otoole
1 year ago

you got to wonder what the hell he was thinking he’ll probably be a bit player there where at Duquesne he was a starter and there best player i find it bafflimg

Matt
Matt
1 year ago
Reply to  Alan Saunders

Fingers crossed that this Duquesne team knocks Oregon off in the tournament 😉

Terrence Otoole
Terrence Otoole
1 year ago
Reply to  Alan Saunders

i get that but he had a sure thing here and also i dont think the dukes are that far away from playing in the post season themselves to me he’s taking a huge gamble with his career,when he was already established as one of the better players on the team and most likely the A 10 too

Alan Saunders
Alan Saunders
1 year ago

You’re assuming him leaving Duquesne was solely his decision. I don’t think that’s accurate.

Richard Johnson
Richard Johnson
1 year ago

Even though some kids are talented, they lose sight of team goals. I believe this is what happened here. Wish him the best, but, good riddance.

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