DECATUR — Christian Williams, the 2015 Herald & Review Macon County Player of the Year and St. Teresa's all-time leading scorer, is transferring from the University of Iowa to Indiana State, he announced on Twitter on Sunday.
Williams was a four-year starter for St. Teresa who led the Bulldogs to a state runner-up finish in Class 2A as a senior. He played at Iowa for two seasons.
"First, I would like to thank the University of Iowa, the basketball program and everyone else involved within the University for giving me an opportunity to live out my childhood dream in competing at the highest level," Williams said in the statement he posted on Twitter.
"I am more than excited to announce that I have found a new home and will be graduating from and continuing the rest of my eligibility at Indiana State University!"
Because of NCAA rules, Williams will have to sit out this season but will suit up next year with two years of eligibility left.
Williams was H&R All-County First Team as a junior and senior at St. Teresa, averaging 18.8 points and 8.4 rebounds as a junior and 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds as a senior in winning player of the year honors and taking the Bulldogs to state.
At Iowa, Williams played in 20 games as a freshman, collecting 27 points and scoring in both of Iowa's NCAA Tournament games. As a sophomore, Williams played in 34 games, starting six, and averaged 2.4 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.8 steals.
Williams was the starting point guard to begin last year, but lost the job to Jordan Bohannon.
Iowa announced Williams had been granted a release from his scholarship on Oct. 26.
"Christian is a terrific young man with tremendous character," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said in a statement. "We are disappointed that Christian will no longer be a Hawkeye, but the players and coaches wish him the best in his future endeavors."