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Johnathan Williams talked to Xavier’s Chris Mack before transferring to Gonzaga

Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams (3) fouls West Virginia forward Esa Ahmad during the first half Thursday. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams (3) fouls West Virginia forward Esa Ahmad during the first half Thursday. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

SAN JOSE, Calif. – When Johnathan Williams decided to transfer from Missouri, one of the calls he fielded was from Xavier coach Chris Mack.

“I talked to him a couple times,” Williams said. “He seemed like a good guy. I knew Xavier was a great team. I just wanted to make sure I made the right decision and I started to narrow it down pretty quickly.”

The Memphis, Tennessee, native eventually chose Gonzaga and the junior forward has been a key player for the second-ranked Zags. He’s averaging 10.1 points and 6.6 rebounds.

“We tried to get in on him and he didn’t give us much,” Mack recalled.

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