Williams to leave Duke

June 24, 2009 9:24:36 AM PDT
Rising sophomore basketball player Elliot Williams will leave Duke University for family medical reasons the school said Wednesday.He's expected to request a waiver of the NCAA's transfer rules so he can be closer to his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Elliot and his family," said head coach Mike Krzyzewski. "We fully support him in his efforts to be closer to them during this trying time. He is a good young man with an opportunity to become an outstanding player. We wish him well as he determines his future. He will always be a part of our program and we will always be in his corner."

Williams averaged 4.2 points and 2.3 rebounds in 34 contests a year ago. He started 11 of the final 12 games of the season as Duke claimed the 2009 ACC Championship and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament.


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