COLUMBUS, Ohio — As he enters his fifth season at Ohio State, Kam Williams has seen a lot. But what the senior guard has witnessed this past offseason alone typically would be enough to fulfill most college careers.
It started with the unceremonious departure of guard JaQuan Lyle and continued with center Trevor Thompson’s decision to try his hand at the NBA. Williams himself also opted to test the pro waters, then withdrew his name from consideration days before the deadline.
As if that wasn’t enough excitement for one offseason, the Buckeyes fired Thad Matta, replacing their 13-year coach with Chris Holtmann and an entirely new coaching staff.
“Which one?” Williams, a Baltimore native, answered when asked, “How’s the new guy?”
Yet, despite the appearance of instability, the Ohio State program is projecting this offseason, Williams has opted to adopt an optimistic approach. That much was clear when he met with reporters last Thursday to discuss several subjects, including the state of the Buckeyes.
“We know where we finished — we aren’t happy with that at all,” Williams said. “We want to turn up, we want to lay it all out there because there’s no tomorrow for me and [fellow senior Jae’Sean Tate]. I feel like if we bring that energy every single day, it will trickle down to every single player on our roster.”
In addition to his expectations, Williams discussed his decision to return to Ohio State, his recent transition to point guard and his early interactions with his new coach. You can watch the entirety of his comments in the video above.