Feb 4, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT
On Monday evening, Richmond announced that Derrick Williams has left the program.
“We thank Derrick for his contributions to the program and wish him luck in his future endeavors,” Richmond head coach Chris Mooney said in a press release on Monday.
By Tuesday afternoon, John O’Connor the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that Williams’ departure was a result of family issues.
“Yes I have enjoyed my time as a Spider and love every fan and every minute,” Williams said in an email to the Times-Dispatch on Tuesday. “But unfortunately family issues are too overwhelming for me.”
Williams was a three-year starter for the Spiders, averaging 11.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game as a sophomore and 11.4 points and 5.4 boards per game as a junior. His numbers, and minutes, dipped in 2013-2014 to 5.8 points, grabbing 3.7 rebounds per night for Richmond. The 6-foot-6 Williams saw 21 minutes a game.
The Spiders are 14-8 (4-3 Atlantic 10), putting them fifth in the conference. Richmond holds a win over then-No. 13 UMass, but dropped back-to-back games to Saint Louis and VCU.
Richmond is currently listed as one of the ‘Next five teams out’ in the latest edition of College Basketball Talk’s Bracketology.
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