Wake Forest Adds Post-Grad Coron Williams
May 1, 2013
By Scott Wortman,Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@TieDyeNation)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest has added fifth-year guard Coron Williams, a transfer from Robert Morris University, to its roster for the 2013-14 season.
Williams, who will graduate from Robert Morris with a degree in sport management this spring, is eligible to play immediately for the Demon Deacons. The Midlothian, Va. native will enroll in Wake Forest's Liberal Studies graduate program and have one year of athletic eligibility remaining.
"We are excited to welcome Coron to the Wake Forest basketball family," said head coach Jeff Bzdelik. "He combines athleticism with an excellent long range shooting ability. Coron's maturity and leadership will be a great asset to our team next season. We are all looking forward to having him join our program."
Williams, a 6-2 170-pound guard out of Christchurch School, played in 107 career games with 81 starts at Robert Morris. He started 71 of a total 72 games over the past two seasons for the Colonials. He redshirted the 2009-10 campaign after suffering a season-ending ankle injury just three games into his collegiate career.
Williams was a prolific 3-point shooter for the Colonials, going 210-for-497 for 42.3 percent from beyond the arc for his career. Last season, Williams went 74-of-178 for 41.6 percent from 3-point range.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to play at a prestigious school like Wake Forest and compete at the highest level of college basketball," said Williams. "The people there are great, and this team has a lot of upside. I really enjoyed every bit of my visit, from the academics to basketball.
"I think I can spread the court for this team with my shooting ability, coming off screens and moving to get open off penetration. I can also bring some leadership and experience after playing four years of college basketball."
For his career at RMU, Williams averaged 8.9 points and shot 42.2 percent from the field. As a redshirt sophomore in 2011-12, Williams averaged double figures with 10.8 points per game and was the only Colonial to start all 37 games. Last season, he scored a season-high 27 points in a Jan. 10 win at Fairleigh Dickinson, going 8-for-10 from beyond the arc.
Williams helped Robert Morris to a combined 50 wins over the past two seasons, including a Posteason NIT berth in 2013 in which the Colonials upset defending national champion Kentucky in the opening round. Williams and the Colonials also made a CIT Tournament appearance in 2012, advancing to the third round of the event.
Williams earned All-Northeast Conference Tournament Team honors in 2012 after averaging a team-best 16.3 points to lead Robert Morris to the championship game for the second straight season.
Williams will join rising senior Travis McKie as the lone upperclassmen for the Deacons next season. Wake Forest will also feature eight sophomores, including redshirt sophomore Daniel Green who sat out last season with a knee injury, and two incoming freshmen. The Deacons return nine letterwinners, including four starters, from