Hilltoppers Add Cincinnati Switch Keith Williams


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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU Hilltopper basketball head coach Rick Stansbury announced the addition of Transfer Keith Williams (6-5, Guard) to the 2021-22 squad on Wednesday.

Williams joins the roster after four years in Cincinnati. This season he will be using his fifth and final year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Keith is a player who has achieved great success at a high level with a quality program,” said Stansbury. “He brings us maturity, experience, versatility and a lot of toughness. He is a great young man and team-mate who has already graduated. We are very happy that he is part of our family.”

For four seasons in Cincinnati, Williams helped lead the Bearcats to two American Athletic Conference regular season championships (2018, 2020), two American tournament titles (2018, 2019), and two NCAA tournaments (2018, 2019). He increased his scoring average each year and finished his career in Cincinnati with 1,156 points, good for 35th on the program’s all-time scoring list.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was called up to the Second Team All-AAC 2021 in his senior season with an average of 14.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists. He achieved double digits in 16 of 23 competitions in 2020/21. In the Americas as a whole, Williams finished eighth in points per game (14.3), 15th in assists per game (2.5) and 15th in offensive rebounds per game (1.5).

As a junior, the Guard started 29 of 30 games for the Bearcats with an average of 12.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 28.9 minutes per game. Williams held a 34.2% clip from beyond the arch and shot a total of 43.5% off the ground. He had a career game in South Florida on March 3, 2020 when he scored 30 on 12 of 18 shoots with four steals and received the AAC Weekly Honor Roll awards.

Williams played 35 games in his sophomore year, starting in 32 of them, averaging 9.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 25.9 minutes. He finished 11th in the AAC with 0.9 blocks per game. In his debut season, Williams played 33 games for the Bearcats as a reserve. He averaged 3.2 points and 1.2 rebounds in 9.8 minutes from the bench. He had double digits in his first two college games and played a key role in Cincinnati’s regular season and tournament titles, as well as the trip to the NCAA tournament.

Williams was named a four-star candidate by Rivals.com and 247Sports, who come from Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School. He was named the 2017 All-New York City Player of the Year and the Catholic High School Athletic Association’s Most Valuable Player of the Class AA. In his senior year of high school, he averaged 24.2 points and 12.6 rebounds per game.