The good Nebrasketball news continued on Wednesday afternoon as Charlotte transfer Brice Williams announced his commitment on Instagram soon after Bradley transfer Rienk Mast did the same.
Williams is a 6-foot-7, 215-pound wing from Huntersville, North Carolina, who is coming off a breakout junior season for the 49ers. He took an official visit to Nebraska last weekend and has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
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Nebraska made the addition official on Thursday with a release.
“Brice provides a lot of versatility and can play several spots in our system,” Coach Fred Hoiberg said. “He is a three-level scorer who moves well without the ball and a high-volume 3-point shooter who shot nearly 40 percent from beyond the arc last season. He provides length and experience on the perimeter and led Charlotte to the CBI championship in March. Brice also has a very good understanding of the game, as his father Henry was a great college player and played professionally in Europe for a long time.”
Williams came off the bench for much of the season before starting 13 of his last 15 games yet still led the 49ers in scoring. He averaged 13.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists while shooting 47.9% from the field (39.7% from 3) and 84.3% from the free-throw line. He earned second-team All-Conference USA honors.
The 49ers went 22-14 overall and won the CBI as Williams earned tournament MVP honors, averaging 16.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 blocks while attempting 21 free throws in four games (and hitting 20 of them).
He scored in double figures in 23 of his 36 games including 20-plus nine times. He scored a career-high 32 points against a talented UAB team and also dropped 31 in back-to-back games against middle Tennessee and Louisiana Tech in late December.
He played in 27 games but averaged just 2.3 points as a true freshman in 2019-20 then cracked the rotation as a sophomore, starting in 14 of his 25 games and averaging 9.7 points on 47.3% from the filed (43.1% from 3) and 70.2% from the foul line with 4.0 rebounds per game. Williams redshirted during the 2021-22 season because of an injury before taking a big step forward this year in his fourth year at Charlotte.
He’s a career 39.5% shooter from 3 but is far from a one-dimensional player. He’s capable of scoring at all three levels, shooting 46.6% on mid-range shots and 65.3% at the rim. His size gives him versatility as well.
Williams and Mast fill two of the four available scholarships at Nebraska barring any further attrition, and the Huskers still have a handful of visits scheduled for this weekend and next.
Jacob Padilla has been writing for Hail Varsity since 2015. He covers football, volleyball men’s basketball and prep sports. He also co-hosts the Nebraska Preps Postgame and Nebraska Shootaround podcasts for the Hurrdat Media and Hail Varsity podcast networks. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.