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Former Texas SG Donovan Williams announces transfer to UNLV

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The former four-star prospect from Fort Bend Elkins is now a Runnin’ Rebel.

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After entering his name into the NCAA transfer portal in late March, former Texas Longhorns shooting guard Donovan Williams has announced that he’ll be continuing his career at UNLV.

A former four-star prospect from Fort Bend Elkins, Williams played sparingly throughout his two seasons at Texas.

As a freshman in 2019-20, he averaged 11 minutes per game in 26 appearances, but there was reason to believe that his length and impressive athleticism could pave the way for a role going forward.

However, 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. Of course, it didn’t help Williams’ case that the Texas backcourt featured an abundance of experience and returned three guys with starting experience.

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.

Shaka Smart once mentioned Williams as one of the best pro prospects on a Longhorns roster that also featured Kai Jones and Greg Brown III. If he’s going to live up to that potential, he’ll now do so with the Runnin’ Rebels.