The season did not go as planned. Williams started the season in the starting lineup and played 34-plus minutes in each of the first four games, averaging 11.3 points. Then he missed the next five games with a back injury.
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Williams returned to action against Georgia State on Dec. 16 and had two points in 13 minutes. He scored 16 points against Saint Mary’s in the next game, most the baskets coming in the final minutes, and then only scored in double figures once more. He never got his starting job back and played 20-plus minutes only once in 18 Atlantic 10 games.
On Feb. 28, Dayton announced Williams was out indefinitely with a back injury. Earlier in the month, he had stopped traveling to away games. The official explanation was he was focusing on academics. Williams was not on the bench for the final home game against George Washington.
Williams is the second member of the four-man recruiting class that also included Sam Miller, Ryan Mikesell and John Crosby to transfer. Miller transferred to the College of Charleston.
Dayton now has one scholarship open for the 2018-19 season.