MISSOULA — Jack Williams has changed his mind.
Williams, who committed to the Montana men's basketball team last week, has de-committed and signed with Rice. The Pacific grad transfer was high school teammates with Grizzly guard Mike Oguine.
"I would like to announce that I have officially committed and signed with @RiceBasketball to play for @RiceCoachPera ... cannot wait for this next step in my life, and am extremely lucky and blessed for this opportunity." Williams indicated via Twitter.
The Grizzly coaching staff spent a lot of time wooing Williams.
“The interesting thing about Montana is all that four of the coaches flew out to see me,” Williams said over the phone last week. “We all sat down four or five days after I got my release, and we broke down film and talked over things. That all four of them flew out to see me was a big deal."
Williams could have played a stretch-four role for the Griz, potentially filling the starting position vacated by senior Fabijan Krslovic. He averaged 8.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, fourth and second on Pacific last season. He was second with 40 made 3-pointers for a 33.9 percent mark behind the arc in a system that didn't play to his strength.
ESPN rated Williams as a top 50 recruit in California coming out of high school. He chose Long Beach State and averaged 2.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 32 games and five starts as a freshman in 2014-15.
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