On a day where the Auburn Tigers tied an SEC record for three pointers made in a game, hitting 21 in their 45-point win at home over the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, the Tigers made an announcement Thursday afternoon.
Sophomore guard New Williams has been granted his release, and will transfer from the program.
“Being at Auburn has been a truly special experience,” Williams said in a video Thursday night. “Through the knee injuries, through the troubles we had as a team, not once did that Auburn family turn their back on us. That says a lot about the people here. That will be missed. There is nowhere in the country where that can be replicated.”
“However, I have thought long and hard about this tough decision and I’ve ultimately decided to take my talents elsewhere,” concluded Williams, who also cited that despite the friendships he has made and how tough it would be to leave Auburn behind, he needed to do what was best for his career.
The native of Inglewood, Calif. had yet to appear in a game for the Tigers in 2016-17, and was at the bottom of the food chain when it came to the rotation players for Auburn.
Last year, as a freshman, Williams averaged 0.9 points and 0.8 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. His freshman season was full of injuries, which limited his production and playing time.
“We wish New the best,” said head coach Bruce Pearl in a press release. “Last year was difficult because of all those injuries, and this year and the future, it just looks like a numbers game that presents less opportunity.”
Out of high school, Williams was a two-star recruit out of Santa Monica High School, and was a part of an Auburn recruiting class that included the likes of Horace Spencer, Danjel Purifoy, and T.J. Dunans.
Williams scored 3 points and pulled down a career-high 5 rebounds last year against the Tennessee Volunteers, and recorded a career-best 4 points in 16 minutes against the Vanderbilt Commodores.
– T. Bennett