The potential for high-level roster turnover for the Texas Longhorns increased on Tuesday as sophomore guard Donovan Willians joined senior forward Royce Hamm Jr. in entering the NCAA transfer portal, according to VerbalCommits.com and confirmed by other outlets.
The 6’6, 190-pounder signed with Texas in the 2019 recruiting class as a consensus four-star prospect from Fort Bend Elkins who was ranked as the No. 73 player nationally and the No. 11 shooting guard, according to the 247Sports Composite ranking. Williams committed to Texas shortly after taking an official visit in September 2018.
As a freshman, Williams played sparingly as a reserve, starting one game against TCU in February before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Texas Tech late that month and missing the remainder of the season.
After undergoing surgery, Williams lost key developmental time and only played in 15 games as a sophomore, while failing to appear in the 12 other contests. When several players missed the game against Oklahoma in Austin due to COVID-19, Williams played 20 minutes and scored 11 points, but he struggled overall during the 2020-21 season, averaging 3.3 points in 10.3 minutes per game on 30.4-percent shooting from the field and 17.4-percent shooting from three-point range.
Once considered by head coach Shaka Smart to be one of the team’s best pro prospects, whether Williams will play again at Texas is now in question.