Men’s Basketball Adds Marshall Transfer Jannson Williams for 2021-22

Apr 13, 2021 | Featured, Men's Basketball

Jannson Williams

Jannson Williams started 88 games, scored 943 points and swatted 196 shots during his Marshall career.

RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team has added Marshall University’s all-time leader in blocks, Jannson Williams, for the 2021-22 season, head coach A.W. Hamilton announced on Friday.

Williams swatted 196 shots in his four seasons in Huntington, the most of any player in Thundering Herd history. He broke the previous record of 182, held by Hassan Whiteside, in a win over Middle Tennessee on February 12, 2021.

The 6’9″ forward from Newnan, Georgia averaged 9.4 points and 4.3 rebounds-per-game for Marshall this past season. He finished 30th in the country in blocks-per-game (2.05). Williams was the only forward, and one of only two players, in the NCAA to register at least 45 blocks and 40 made three-pointers in 2020-21.

Williams started 88 games and scored 943 points during his Marshall career.

As a sophomore in 2018-19, he blocked 72 shots, fourth most in a single season in program history. He also matched his career high with 24 points at Maryland that season. He shot 9-of-11 from the field versus the Terrapins.

Williams was named the Bob Allen Most Improved Player by the Marshall coaches as a freshman in 2017-18. He came on strong at the end of that season to help the Thundering Herd reach the NCAA Tournament Round of 32. During a five-game winning streak that saw the Herd beat nationally-ranked Middle Tennessee on the road, win three games en route to the Conference USA crown and knock off Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament, Williams averaged 12.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

“Jannson Williams fits our system perfectly,” Hamilton said. “He can shoot the ball, he’s athletic, and he is a superb shot blocker, as evidenced by the fact he’s the all-time leader in blocks at Marshall. He brings great length to our front court and a load of experience, as he was a three-year starter at Marshall and contributed on an NCAA Tournament team. Jannson will make an immediate impact and represent the E on and off the floor.”

Williams is the fourth transfer to sign with the Colonels this week. He joins former Marshall teammate Iran Bennett (6’9″ forward), Wichita State transfer Trevin Wade (5’11” guard) and N.C. State transfer Braxton Beverly (6’0″ guard) on EKU’s 2021-22 roster.

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