Oregon wing Eric Williams Jr. reportedly won't return next season, turning pro
Oregon head coach Dana Altman expected attrition now that the Ducks’ season has ended. The latest bit of it arrived Thursday.
According to The Oregonian’s James Crepea, forward Eric Williams Jr. has decided to pursue professional opportunities and won’t use his sixth year of eligibility to return next season.
Williams averaged 8.4 points and 4.6 rebounds in 33 games for the Ducks this season, earning 11 starts. He shot 38% from the field, 35% from 3, and 68% from the free throw line this season. Williams originally transferred to Eugene from Duquesne and sat out the 2019-20 season. In 21 starts his first year on the court (2020-21), Williams averaged better than 30 minutes a night, 10 points a game, and shot 39% from the field.
He finished this season as the Ducks’ fifth-leading scorer while seeing the fourth-most minutes. With Jacob Young out of eligibility and Will Richardson’s situation still unclear, the Ducks could potentially see departures from more than half of their top five leading scorers last season.
The news comes two days after center Isaac Johnson hit the transfer portal. Altman said after the team’s NIT loss to Texas A&M that he expects players from this year’s squad to consider moving on, and that anyone sticking with the team moving forward is going to need to be all-in on improving from this season’s 20-15 record.
“The transfer portal, we’ll probably have some guys go and some guys stay, and that’s their right,” said Altman. “That’s their opportunity. I only want guys that want to be at Oregon and are fully invested in our program. Our work ethic has to get better, whoever stays has to be all in.”