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The New Guys: Eric Williams Jr.

After a year, he’s ready to ball

NCAA Basketball: Duquesne at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Williams Jr.

Position: Forward

Comes From: Duquesne University

Year: Redshirt Junior

He may not have counted towards Oregon’s recruiting ranking in 2019, but Eric Williams Jr. commitment to the Ducks is still a big deal. Choosing Oregon over other programs like Nebraska and Missouri, Williams was a productive player with the Duquesne Dukes. who was highly coveted as a transfer. Averaging 14 points and 7.6 rebounds, Williams is game changer on both ends of the floor and after sitting out the 2019-20 seasons, is ready to make his mark for the Ducks this year.


A combo forward, Williams is capable of scoring at all three levels on the floor. He averaged almost four free throws per game, as well as shooting 37% from three. Williams’ highlight of the season came against St. Louis University, where he scored 40 points while shooting an unbelievable 75% from the floor, including going 7-9 from downtown. The Dukes might have lost that game, but that can’t be pinned on Williams, that was the game of a lifetime.

NCAA Basketball: Duquesne at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports


William’s style of play should blend in well with this Oregon squad. A combo wing with his switchability and athleticism can be deployed all over the floor. From guarding quicker point guards to post players, Williams is a jack-of-all-trades defender who can plug into any spot on the floor. He can fit well next to Chris Duarte, N’Faly Dante and the rest of the guys, especially once CJ Walker announced he was leaving Oregon to be closer to home; that created more opportunity for Williams to make an impact with the Ducks.

Williams is the latest piece of a switchable Oregon roster that can make life difficult for its opponents. Dana Altman has built a reputation of recruiting quality transfers to come to Eugene, and Williams has a great opportunity to create a role for himself as one of the latest impact transfers to take the floor at Matthew Knight Arena.