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Ohio Valley Conference POY Headed to LSU

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On Thursday, the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year and Murray State transfer KJ Williams committed LSU. Williams will follow former Murray State head coach Matt McMahon as he enters his first season in Baton Rouge.

The 6-foot-10 forward was the leading scorer and rebounders for a three-loss NCAA tournament team and potentially the best mid-major in college basketball, averaging 18 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Williams and the Racers advanced to the Round of 32, tied for their best finish in program history.

In four seasons at Murray State, the Cleveland, MS native amassed three All-OVC First Team selections, over 1,600 points and two NCAA tournament victories. Williams is first in Murray State history in single-season field goal percentage at 69 percent in the 2018-2019 season.

As LSU lost 10 players to the transfer portal following the dismissal of Will Wade, Williams is the fifth portal pickup for the Tigers and the third to follow McMahon from Murray State. The reigning OVC Player of the Year will have one season of eligibility in Baton Rouge.

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