Key Texas reserve Williams decides to transfer

5/22/2006 - Texas Longhorns

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas sophomore forward Mike Williams has decided
to transfer, leaving the Longhorns without five of their top seven
players from last season.

One of the two holdovers, sophomore guard Daniel Gibson, is
still considering a jump to the NBA, where he would join former
teammates LaMarcus Aldridge and P.J. Tucker in leaving Texas before
their eligibility was up. Aldridge was a sophomore and Tucker a
Gibson declared for the draft but didn't hire an agent, making
him eligible to return to the Longhorns.
Williams, the second player off the bench during Texas' run to
the Atlanta Regional final, averaged 2.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game,
similar to his career marks of 2.7 and 3.4 in 58 games.

The school didn't say where Williams was transferring.

"We appreciate the work and effort Mike has put in with our
basketball program the last two years, and we wish him the best,"
Texas coach Rick Barnes said in a statement.

Freshman guard A.J. Abrams is the only of the Longhorns' top
seven players certain to return. The other two departing players
are seniors -- guard Kenton Paulino and forward Brad Buckman.