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Williamson following Forbes to Wake Forest

TANNER COOK • May 31, 2020 at 6:15 PM

JOHNSON CITY — Daivien Williamson is going back to his roots.

The former East Tennessee State basketball player is returning to his hometown of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and transferring to Wake Forest, he announced on Twitter.

Williamson was an all-state selection playing for Winston-Salem Prep Academy, which he led to the NCHSSA title in his senior year. He was named tournament MVP and averaged 23 points a game that year.

Williamson will reunite with former ETSU coach Steve Forbes, who left to take over the Wake Forest program in April.

"First off, I would like to start by thanking God for giving me the opportunity to start my college basketball career off at East Tennessee State University. During the time well spent, Buc Nation has showed a lot of love and support from my teammates to the coaching staff. They have created a great college basketball experience for me and built a name for family in my heart. #30-4ever,” Williamson said in his Twitter post.

“With that being said, I just want to say that I am thankful for all that have supported me throughout my journey of transferring. especially to the coaches and schools who took the time out to recruit me and believed that I can make a difference in their program. Nevertheless, I am happy to announce that I will be finishing out my college career in my hometown of Winston-Salem, N.C. at Wake Forest University. I look forward to starting this next journey with Coach Forbes. #GoDeacs."

Williamson, a Southern Conference all-freshman selection by both the media and the coaches in 2018-19, is coming off a successful sophomore campaign in which he averaged 10.4 points and 2.6 per game and shot 48.4% from the field.

He is the second player to transfer in as many weeks after Bo Hodges left last week for Butler.

Among Williamson's other choices were BYU, San Diego State, Tulsa and Georgetown.

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