BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU men’s basketball head coach Rick Stansbury announced
Wednesday the addition of transfer and former Kentucky Mr. Basketball Carson
Williams (6-5, Forward) to the Hilltopper program.
Williams, a Bluegrass State native from Owenton, Ky., will have two years of
eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2018-19 season following his transfer
from Northern Kentucky.
“It’s obvious that Carson has to sit out a year, but after watching his game films
and finding more out about him, he’s absolutely too good of a player and too good of
a person to not have as part of our program,” Stansbury said. “He comes from a great
family and is a great student, and this is the highest compliment I can give him –
he reminds you of Justin Johnson.”
Williams started 61 games across his two seasons at Northern Kentucky, averaging 12
points and 5.6 rebounds as a sophomore in 2017-18. He shot 60.8 percent from the
field on a 22-10 team that won a Horizon League regular-season title for the first
time in program history.
Williams was named to the Horizon League All-Freshman Team in 2016-17 while starting
34 games for NKU. The forward averaged 10.8 points and 5.9 rebounds in his first
college season, helping the Norse to 24 wins, a Horizon League Tournament title and
an NCAA Tournament appearance.
Williams was named Kentucky Mr. Basketball in 2016 after averaging 26.3 points and
10.7 rebounds as a senior at Owen County High School.
He’ll be the second Kentucky Mr. Basketball on WKU’s roster, joining 2017 award
winner Taveion Hollingsworth.
Williams scored 2,967 career points in high school along with 1,671 rebounds, the
fifth-highest total in Kentucky history.