Today, the recently-rumored E-Will transfer rumor officially bore out as Duke announced that Elliot Williams will indeed transfer due to family health reasons. First and foremost, those here at TruthBegins.com want to wish Elliot and his family the absolute best of fortune in these trying times. Elliot is currently dealing with undeniably difficult circumstances within his family, and our heartfelt condolences go out to them. Additionally, we would like to thank Elliot for his year at Duke, and in particular, for his remarkable perseverance last season that reminded all Duke fans that hard work and dedication do pay off, as exemplified by Elliot’s ascension from minor role player to a contributing starter towards the end of the season. We will continue to follow Elliot’s career and we expect his star will continue to shine.
Secondly, and I do mean secondly, we are all left to wonder how this transfer will impact the Duke team next season. There is no doubt that struggles loom on the horizon as a team that was already woefully thin in the backcourt just lost its best athlete. With only two recruited players returning at the guard position, Duke will be forced to investigate creative, perhaps very creative, contingency planning. It will be extremely interesting to see how K molds the team strategy in the coming months to offset a lack of guard depth, but in the meantime, let’s all keep our fingers crossed that the ultimate contingency comes to fruition – a healthy Nolan ‘The Escalade’ Smith explodes onto the scene next season and emerges as Duke’s 2nd best (and arguably most important) player, behind Kyle Singler.
Nolan, the grandest of opportunities awaits you. Do work.