Thank God For Allowing Me 2 Have This Opportunity!! After A Long Month Of Thinking & Talkin 2 My Family, I Decided 2 Return For My Sr Yr!!
— Chaz Juice Williams (@Chaz3Williams) April 29, 2013
Williams had been contemplating a jump to the NBA, but decided he wanted to return to UMass, to play his senior season. In a statement released by UMass, Williams said the following:
“I just want to thank everybody around the community and at UMass, from the coaches to the fans for allowing me to do the things I do,” Williams said. “Coach Kellogg was nice enough to allow me to have the opportunity to get feedback from NBA scouts. It was a tough process. I was thinking about taking care of my family, especially my daughter.
“I love this program and coach Kellogg, and I love all the guys on the team. The pieces we have coming back next season was a big reason I decided to stay in school. We are trying our hardest to have the arena filled each and every game and the student support we have makes college basketball so exciting.”
Meanwhile, there was some less positive news to report from the Amherst campus today. Shooting guard Javorn Farrell — who missed all of 2012-13 due to a broken ankle — will transfer out of UMass, to play his final year of eligibility at another school. Due to his graduation in December, Farrell can transfer to a school with a graduate program — that UMass does not possess — and play right away. He will not have to sit out a year, provided he follows those NCAA guidelines.