Ragin' Cajuns add Big 12 transfer to 2014-15 basketball roster

LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns men's basketball coach Bob Marlin announced on Wednesday that Baton Rouge native Brian Williams has transferred to play for the Ragin' Cajuns after spending the past three seasons at Big 12 Conference member Oklahoma State.

Williams, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound forward, will have one season of eligibility remaining and be able to play immediately for the Cajuns after earning his degree last month from OSU. The former Glen Oaks High product will look to provide leadership to the Ragin' Cajuns after the departures of senior captains Bryant Mbamalu and Elridge Moore, along with the departure of junior Elfrid Payton to the NBA Draft.

"We're excited to have Brian enrolled in school and become a member of the Ragin' Cajuns," Marlin said. "He gives us an athletic wing player with size and has played at a high level for the past three years. With the loss of our team captains (Bryant Mbamalu, Elridge Moore and Elfrid Payton) from last year, Brian will have the chance to step in right away and be a leader of this team."

As a junior in 2013-14 for the Cowboys, Williams played in a career-high 34 games with 26 starts while averaging 6.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. Williams posted career-highs in field goal percentage (48.8 percent), free throw percentage (72.5), blocks (11) and steals (36) while helping OSU to a 21-13 record and berth in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championships.

Williams averaged 9.6 points per game as a redshirt freshman for OSU in 2011-12 and recorded four 20-point games, highlighted by a career-high 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting at then No. 6-ranked Baylor. He scored in double figures in 15 games for the Cowboys, including 14 of the final 21 contests.

After a wrist injury forced him to miss the first 18 games of the 2012-13 season, Williams returned to the lineup and averaged 4.1 points, posting season-highs in points (13) and rebounds (6) at West Virginia.

Williams earned honorable mention Class 4A All-State honors as a senior at GOHS, where he averaged 25 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and two blocks per game. He earned first-team All-District 7-4A honors and was named to the all-metro team by the Baton Rouge Advocate as a senior. As a junior, Williams was named the Class 4A Outstanding Player by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and the Class 4A Player of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches.

He averaged 25.9 points, 13.6 rebounds, four blocks and 2.1 assists per game for the Panthers as a junior, earning first-team All-State honors and helping GOHS to a No. 1 ranking in the Class 4A polls.

Marlin also announced that reserve forward Luka Kamber has decided to transfer after one season with the Ragin' Cajuns. Kamber played in 12 games as a true freshman for the Ragin' Cajuns, averaging 0.7 points and 1.2 rebounds per game.

"Luka will not be with the program next year as he's made a decision to transfer to another university," Marlin said. "He has been a great teammate and played a part in our championship season. We wish him the best."

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