Griz hoops lands grad transfer forward Williams


Jack Williams wants nothing more than to play in the Big Dance his final season of college basketball.

That desire combined with a relationship that dates back to high school with All-Big Sky Conference guard Michael Oguine led Williams to Missoula, Montana.

The 6-foot-8, 220-pound gradate transfer from University of the Pacific in the West Coast Conference fielded offers he called “surprising” from ACC contender Clemson along with Mountain West powers Boise State and Wyoming and rebuilding Pac 12 member Washington State.

Oguine helped alert Montana head coach Travis DeCuire of Williams’ ability to stretch the floor as a power forward with good shooting touch and deft passing, a pair of skills absent for UM’s stretch four spot during the Grizzlies’ first run to the NCAA Tournament in five years this spring.

Williams weighed his options over the last month following the end of former NBA Rookie of the Year Damon Stoudamire’s second season at the helm at PU. His fit into Montana’s system, his previous chemistry with Oguine and his desire to compete on the biggest stage in men’s college hoops caused him to commit to the Big Sky champion Griz on Monday afternoon.

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About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

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