Cajuns officially add St. John’s transfer Greg Williams Jr. to roster

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Lafayette native and St. John’s University transfer joins Ragin’ Cajuns for 2021-22 season

LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Men’s Basketball coach Bob Marlin announced on Tuesday the official addition of former Lafayette Christian Academy product and St. John’s University transfer Greg Williams, Jr., to the 2021-22 roster.

Williams, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound guard, made 83 career appearances with 29 starts in three seasons for the Red Storm. During his junior season in 2020-21, Williams played in 24 games, making 18 starts and averaging 9.5 points, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game, the last of which ranked 7th in BIG EAST.

“Greg Williams is the type of person we desire to have in our program. He is the definition of Student-Athlete,” Marlin said. “His basketball acumen immediately elevates our program. He is an unselfish playmaker who prioritizes winning over self. He is a strong explosive guard who can put pressure on opponents for 40 minutes.

He led the team and ranked fourth in the league with a three-point field goal percentage of 44.8 percent (26-of-58) and shot 46.3 percent from the floor. Williams scored in double figures 12 times with a pair of 20-point performances. He tallied 21 points and notched a career-best six steals against Stony Brook and scored a career-best 26 points against Georgetown.

During the 2019-20 season, Williams played in 31 games and started the final 10 contests of the season, averaging 5.7 points, 2.9 boards and 1.9 assists per outing. He finished the season strong, averaging 12.8 points on 48.9 percent shooting over his final five games

Williams played in 28 games in 2018-19, the highest total among the team’s freshmen, and made one start. He scored a season-high eight points against St. Francis Brooklyn and played 16 minutes and blocked three shots in St. John’s win over Seton Hall at Madison Square Garden.

“Greg’s experience at St. John’s will benefit our program in more ways than one,” Marlin added. “He was well coached and knows what championship basketball looks like.”

A four-star recruit according to ESPN, Williams was tabbed him as the No. 20 shooting guard nationally in the high school class of 2018.

He led the Knights to the LHSAA Division IV title as a senior and averaged 15 points, six rebounds and three assists per game as a junior. Williams led the Knights to the LHSAA Division IV state title in 2017, scoring 24 points in the title game, while helping propel the Knights to a 29-5 overall record and perfect 14-0 mark in district play.

He competed for the Houston Hoops program on the Nike EYBL circuit and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Future 150 Summit Camp in Birmingham, Ala., during the summer of 2015.

“Greg takes pride in putting on the Ragin’ Cajuns uniform. His parents are both graduates of Louisiana. Greg was a ball boy for the Ragin’ Cajuns and won state championships at LCA. He will be a role model for young boys and girls in Acadiana who aspire to one day play college basketball.

“We could not be more excited to add Greg Williams to the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns family. He believed in our current players, the direction of our program, and saw an opportunity to help his hometown team accomplish big things. It is an exciting time to be a Ragin’ Cajun.”

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