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St. John's lands JUCO wing Darien Williams

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Tim Dimas

Chris Mullin has landed his second transfer commit - Darien Williams, a 6'8 forward known for his deep shooting range - from San Francisco Community College.

Williams, who had committed to Iowa State but decommitted recently, sat out last season after having surgery on both shoulders, but is expected to be ready to play - and perhaps start - for St. John's, and he has three years remaining.

From the NY Post:

Unlike [Tariq] Owens, who will have to sit out next season, the 6-foot-8, 220-pound Williams will be a key piece to Mullin’s first team, an explosive athlete who can fill it up from beyond the arc.

From when he signed with Iowa State:

Williams is ideal for [Fred] Hoiberg's system – a tall player who runs the floor well, and with an ability to make 3-pointers. He has mismatch potential.

Darien Williams had interest from Nebraska, Southern California, Kansas State and Louisville before committing to Iowa State.

Originally from California, Williams played his first JUCO season at Iowa Western Community College, averaging 16 points per game and seven rebounds, shooting 41% from outside the arc. He took 29% of his shots from beyond the arc, so he's not strictly a deep shooter; and he shot 55% inside the arc and drew foul shots at a rate of 44% (free throws taken divided by field goals taken), a solid number.

Williams collected double-digit rebounds six times in 27 games, and scored 20 or more points 10 times, with a high of 37 against State Fair Community College.

Williams adds scoring punch to a roster that should also include Chris Obekpa and possibly Rysheed Jordan, along with scholarship players Amar Alibegovic, Felix Balamou, Adonis Delarosa and incoming freshman guards Samir Doughty and Sammy Barnes-Thompkins.

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