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Arizona's Brandon Williams to turn professional

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Posted at 5:13 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 20:13:06-04

Arizona redshirt sophomore guard Brandon Williams will turn professional and forego his remaining collegiate eligibility.

“Thank you to the University, the fans, the basketball staff and all those who supported me," said Williams in a statement released by the University. "I especially want to thank Sean Miller, who believed in me from day one. I also want to send a special thanks to athletic trainer Justin Kokoskie and the training staff for pushing me each day during this long rehab process. With that being said, it’s now time for me to pursue my goals of being a professional basketball player. I will continue to pursue my degree in the future, and it will always be UofA forever in my heart."

Williams missed this past season with a knee injury. He made an impact as a freshman during the 2018-19 season, earning Pac-12 All-Freshman Honorable Mention honors after averaging 11.4 points and 3.4 assists in 26 games. In his second collegiate game, he became the first UArizona freshman since Khalid Reeves in 1990 to record at least eight assists and zero turnovers. His 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio was the top freshman ratio in the Pac-12 and ranked fifth overall in the conference.

“I am going to miss Brandon Williams being a part of our everyday program at Arizona,” head coach Sean Miller said. “However, I am excited to follow his path moving forward, both on the basketball court and academically, as he continues to pursue his undergraduate degree from our university."