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Brian Williams is Leaving Oklahoma State [Updated]

It looks like Travis Ford will be returning to Stillwater next season, but Brian Williams won't be. He has decided to take his talents elsewhere for his senior season.

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Brian Williams Stats at OSU
2013-14 34 23.3 6.2 3.4 0.7 0.3 1.1 0.8
2012-13 14 15.7 4.1 1.9 1.1 0.1 0.8 0.9
2011-12 32 27.7 9.6 3.3 0.9 0.3 0.7 0.8
Story Update:

Brian Williams may be looking to go back home to his home state of Louisiana. Early reports indicated he would be transferring to Louisiana Lafayette, however it was later clarified by his father that he hasn't made a decision, and merely plans on visiting the Ragin' Cajuns.

On a roster with an NBA Top 5 draft pick, an ESPN Top 10 regular, and a McDonald's All-American, Williams has been described as the most athletic player on the team. Whether that was true or not, I don't know, but I do know that Williams had a ton of potential. Potential that won't be realized at OSU.

Last week it was reported by Kelly Hines that Williams has decided to transfer out of the program.  He will graduate this may, and will be immediately eligible to play wherever he winds up.

It's a tough loss for the Cowboys. Williams was expected to be a player Ford could rely on this season with Brown and Smart departing.

"Love Brian Williams. I’m always itching to get him in the game," Ford told Austin Chappell via Big 12 Sports in January. "I know he’s going to do exactly what we need him to do, whether it’s getting a steal, deflection or guarding anybody. He can guard anybody on the court."

"He has a great deal of respect from his teammates and I," Ford continued. "His teammates know he does everything the right way. He’s probably the most high-energy guy, and he never gets tired, so he’s able to put up stats in any category whenever we need him to."

Williams had a great freshman year averaging 27.7 minutes, and 9.6 points a game.  As a sophomore Brian was forced to sit out 18 games with an injured wrist. Brian showed flashes of his freshman form as a junior, and gave big minutes off the bench.

Not in the numbers is that Brian seemed to make plays when the Cowboys needed them most. Whether it was a key steal or bucket, Williams seemed to be a guy with big things ahead.

"This is also a guy who I didn't hardly run any plays for and he still figured out how to score 12 points per game in conference play. He’s an x-factor." Ford told Chappell.

To be fair pretty much everyone on the court is left to make their own plays with Ford at the helm, but Williams will certainly be missed on a team that's already lacking depth.

Hopefully Brian can reach his full potential, even if it's not at OSU. There is no official word yet on where he will be transferring.