The University of Charleston was the winner in the Paul Williamson sweepstakes.
Williamson, a 6-foot-3 guard, Harts native and former Logan High School basketball standout, has reportedly transferred to Division II UC, according to the Charleston Daily Mail.
Williamson played his freshman season at West Virginia University but left school after one year.
UC coach Mark Downey said he was happy to get Williamson, the all-time leading scorer in LHS history.
“We recruited him out of Logan, but like a lot of kids, he wanted to play Division I, and we don’t fault him for that,” Downey told the Daily Mail. “He’s a West Virginia kid, a kid from Logan who will play a lot next season and put people in the seats. All of our guys go 18 to 29 minutes. He’s ready to play. He’s ready to be a factor.”
Williamson scored nearly 2,000 points in his career at Logan but played sparingly as a walk-on last season at WVU.
Williamson cited the rigors of Division I college basketball travel as one of the reasons he left Morgantown.
“I’m not going to the NBA or anything, so it’s not like I need to play Division I,” Williamson told the Daily Mail. “Coach Huggins said I had something special that not many guys have with my shooting, but I wanted to be close to home so that my friends and family can see me play. I like Coach Downey and UC is moving up and I’m excited to be a part of that.”
Last year for NCAA tourney-bound WVU, Williamson averaged around one point a game and appeared in 20 contests, making seven 3-point shots and scoring 92 total points.
His career high was seven points in a Nov. 17 blowout win over Alcorn State.