Buckeyes Stay Tight Knit Through Adversity

posted by Matt McCoy - 

Ohio State basketball senior Kam Williams has seen the coach who recruited him get fired, the staff he has worked move on, a new coach, with a new staff come in and teammates that were part of an already thin roster leave the program...all in the last month.

"It's definitely been a huge, huge culture shock," Williams said in an interview with WTVN sister station 105.7, The Zone. "The coaching change...none of us really expected this."

While it wasn't expected, it is the reality: Thad Matta is out and Chris Holtmann is in. Since Holtmann took over the basketball program one month ago, Williams teammates Derek Funderburk (dismissed) and Braxton Beverly (transfer) have left the program. It has left the Buckeyes with just eight recruited scholarship players. In the midst of the upheaval, Williams says the players that have remained have formed an unbreakable bond.

"In my time here, I don't think I've been closer to aroup of guys," Williams said. "We try to spend as much time together as possible. We all feel like we need to be there with each other and support each other through this rough time."

The times may be rough, but the transition to Holtmann and the new staff has not been. Williams said Holtmann has brought with him a much needed high level of accountability.

"It's been pretty fun," Williams said of working with Holtmann and the new staff. "We're just eager to get to work...and (the coaches) are eager for us to get better."

The thinnest part of the nine man roster is the guard position. C.J. Jackson is the only point-guard and Williams is the only other player listed as a guard. He is working with the staff on playing the point whenever Jackson is off the floor.

"I'm going to have to become a point-guard at some point...that's been my main focus this summer," Williams said. "We've got to cover for each other no matter what and we have to do it at the highest level...We have to band together."

Williams visited with me on 105.7 The Zone of Friday. To hear the entire interview click on the following link.  (Kam Williams 105.7, The Zone interview)


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