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Former St. John’s big man Darien Williams commits to Nevada

Williams heads west to join the Wolfpack.

NCAA Basketball: St. John at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

As first reported by Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports, former St. John’s forward Darien Williams has committed to the Nevada Wolfpack. He also had interest from UConn, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech and Washington State. Since Williams is a graduate transfer, he is eligible to play immediately.

During his time at St. John’s, Williams averaged almost 4 points and 3 rebounds per game, appearing in 24 contests. Although he was not a major contributor for the Red Storm, his presence was incredibly effective at times when other Johnnies were on the bench with foul trouble. His formidable defensive and rebounding skills will be received well by Wolfpack supporters.

Next season, St. John’s frontcourt will look vastly different. Alongside Kassoum Yakwe Bashir Ahmed, and Tariq Owens, the Johnnies have added skilled forwards like Sidney Wilson and Marvin Clark. Without big bodies like Williams, the Johnnies will likely play a smaller rotation.

With Williams leaving for Nevada, only four players remain from St. John’s 2015-2016 roster. That season was the first of the Mullin era, one in which the Red Storm only won 8 games.