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Gibbons lands PAC-10 transfer for Clayton State men's basketball tea

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

From Staff Reports

One of the key areas of recruiting for the 2011-12 season for Clayton State Laker men's basketball head coach Gordon Gibbons was to fill the spots left by graduating All-Peach Belt Conference and Division II All-Region guards Brandon Robinson and Timmy Downs.

Mission accomplished.

Gibbons announced on Tuesday the signing of shooting guard Teondre

Williams, who is transferring to Clayton State from Division I Oregon out of the PAC-10 Conference. Williams, who will be a senior, is the third signee in this season's Laker recruiting class, and all three are Division I transfers. He joins senior point guard Anthony Salter from Hawaii and junior shooting guard Tony Dukes from USC Upstate.

The Lakers veteran coach wasn't if he was going to land Williams.

Clayton State had to wait for the Oregon to grant him his release and then see if he wanted to sign with the Division II program.

Williams still had a red-shirt year left and could have transferred right to another Division I school after sitting out this coming season.

A visit to the Clayton State closed the deal.

"He came in and had a good visit," Gibbons said. "We also got a lot of support from his mom," Gibbons said.

Williams comes into a Clayton State program coming off a 19-10 overall record in the 2010-11 season, including tied for third in the Peach Belt Conference at 10-7.

"Teondre is coming home for his senior season," said Gibbons, 190-109 in 10 seasons at Clayton State. "He will bring experience and go-to scoring ability to our squad."

An Atlanta native and product of Meadowcreek High School in Norcross, Williams brings the total package to the shooting guard position for Clayton State. He has tremendous size at 6-foot-4 and 218 pounds, along with outstanding athleticism and leaping ability and deadly accuracy from the perimeter.

He played the past three seasons at Oregon - the first two under head coach Ernie Kent and this past season under Dana Altman. Williams averaged five points and two rebounds a game this season, while shooting 40 percent from 3-point range and 41 percent from the field.

He started six games and scored in double-figures in five games in leading the Ducks to the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) championship.

Williams scored 15 points in the season opener against North Dakota State, and also scored 10 points each against UC Santa Barbara, San Jose State and Washington State. In addition, he also scored eight points with two 3-point baskets against Arizona, which advanced to the NCAA "Elite Eight", and seven points on two 3-point baskets against top-ranked Duke early in the season.

During his sophomore season, Williams averaged six points and two rebounds a game and shot 39 percent from 3-point range and 44 percent from the field. Twice, he matched his career-high in scoring with 19 points against both Montana State and Winston-Salem State, and also scored 16 points against Montana.

In PAC-10 play, Williams scored 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the field in a road victory at Washington State, plus10 points and six rebounds off the bench in a road victory at Arizona. He also added eight points on two 3-point baskets in a road victory at No. 17 Washington.

He was tied for the team lead in 3-point percentage each of his last two seasons at Oregon.

During his prep career at Meadowcreek under head coach Billy Davis, Williams was a Scout.com three-star player. He was rated as the 28th-best shooting guard in the nation by ESPN.com, the 35th-best by Scout.com and the 38th best by Rivals.com. As a senior, Williams averaged 19.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists, and 18 points and seven rebounds a game as a junior.

Gibbons hopes to sign three more players before the season starts next year.