Darien Williams, one of the four transfers on the Red Storm's roster, will be a possible starter and solid offensive threat this season. He comes to St. John's with three seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out this past year at City College of San Francisco while recovering from shoulder surgery.
How He Got Here
Williams originally from Cerritos, California attended St. John Bosco in Bellflower, California, where he helped lead his high school team to the 2013 California Interscholastic Federation Southern Selection (CIFSS) Championship as a senior. The All-Area honoree averaged over eight points and nearly six rebounds playing alongside UCLA guard Isaac Hamilton and his younger brother Daniel Hamilton who plays for Connecticut. Williams was a member of the Dream Vision AAU program.
He played two seasons of JUCO ball for two separate programs. His first season was with Iowa Western Community. After his season at Iowa Western, Williams switched on over to the City College of San Francisco, but sat out the season as he was recovering from surgery on both shoulders.
In November of 2014, Williams signed a letter of intent to join Iowa State as he was being heavily recruited by then Iowa State assistant coach Matt Abdelmassih.
Darien Williams also had interest from Nebraska, Southern California, Kansas State and Louisville.
When Abdelmassih announced his was leaving Iowa State to become part of Chris Mullin's coaching staff, Williams followed.
What He Brings to the Table
There's no doubt Williams can score as shown by his numbers at Iowa Western. Williams averaged 16.1 points and 6.7 rebounds in his 2013-14 season.
During his freshman season, Williams collected All-Region XI honors and ICCAC Academic All-Region XI recognition. He scored double-figures in 21 games, while shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 41.1 percent from 3-point range.
He 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 shot 55% inside the arc and drew foul shots at a rate of 44%.
"We are excited to welcome Darien to the St. John's basketball program," said Mullin. "He can make an immediate impact next season with his length and ability to shoot the ball. Darien is a versatile player with great character who we believe will represent the program well."
Where He Fits In
The 6-foot-8 Williams was going to be the perfect fit for a team that was going to include Rysheed Jordan and Chris Obekpa. But since Jordan declared for the NBA Draft and Obekpa transferred to UNLV, Williams' role will be decided once the Red Storm starters are definite.
"I want to bring St. John's back," Williams said in a telephone interview with NY Post. "I feel that St. John's should be a program competing for national titles every year. I wouldn't be going there if I didn't feel that."
The best part about Williams joining Mullin's team is the fact that he will be with the program for the next three years. He will act as of the key pieces in the rebuilding process. His ability to shoot beyond the arc and draw fouls will be on display throughout the Red Storm's season.