Daivien Williamson follows Forbes, adds 3-point shooting to Wake Forest

Daivien Williamson will reunite with his coach Steve Forbes. On Sunday, the former East Tennessee State guard committed to Wake Forest. This is also a homecoming of sorts: Williamson hails from Winston-Salem.

Back in early May, Williamson entered the transfer portal, weeks after Forbes left ETSU for Wake Forest. Early last week, Williamson named his top five, which included Georgetown, BYU, Tulsa and San Diego State. After playing with Forbes for two seasons at ETSU, the 6-foot-2 Williamson signed up for more, though.

Williamson has two more years of eligibility; however, barring a waiver, he will have to sit out the 2020-21 season.

With Mac McClung headed to Texas Tech, Wake Forest basketball must continue to find ways to restock a roster that — despite several returning pieces — is in the midst of a coaching change and some obvious turnover.

During the 2019-20 season, the 6-foot-2 Williamson averaged 10.4 points, 2.6 assists and 0.7 steals per game. Williamson also shot 37.3 percent on his 3-point attempts (3 3PA per game) — a theme of his two-year run with ETSU.

In 67 career games (30 starts), Williamson connected on 65-of-172 3-point attempts (37.8 3P%); his career true shooting percentage sits at 61.1 percent. Williamson is a career 82 percent shooter from the free throw line, too.

According to Synergy Sports, Williamson scored 1.08 points per spot-up possession this season, a top-160 number nationally (100+ possessions). Williamson also shot just under 49 percent (51.2 eFG%) out of the pick-and-roll, per Synergy.

Williamson is the second transfer that Wake Forest has landed this offseason from Winston-Salem. Back in April, Wake Forest landed another transfer from Winston-Salem: Isaiah Wilkins via Virginia Tech.


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