Second Clemson basketball player decides to transfer

Clemson coach Brad Brownell wraps up season, looks ahead to next year

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Tigers missed out on 2019 NCAA Tournament

The Clemson basketball team lost another piece of its roster on Tuesday as head coach Brad Brownell announced that forward Malik William is transferring from the program.

William joins forward Javan White, who announced that he was transferring last month.

“I’d like to thank Malik for his commitment and dedication to our program over the last two seasons and his contributions to back-to-back postseason appearances,” Brownell said in a statement. “We wish him the best of luck in the future.”

William appeared in 17 games for the Tigers during the 2017-18 season, averaging 1.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.

He missed all of this past season with injuries as concussions sidelined him early on during the year, before a thumb injury kept him off the floor down the stretch.

William was rated as a top-200 prospect in the country coming out of high school and had offers from West Virginia, Connecticut and others. Florida showed interest as well.

In addition to William and White, Clemson is losing forwards Elijah Thomas and David Skara and guards Marcquise Reed and Shelton Mitchell. All four of those players started for the Tigers this past season.