Former Lafayette Christian star Greg Williams leaving St. John's, joining Ragin' Cajuns

Tim Buckley
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

A former Lafayette high school basketball standout is returning to Louisiana after playing three seasons at a Big East Conference program.

Greg Williams Jr. has left St. John’s and is planning to play for the Ragin’ Cajuns, he announced on Instagram, posting a photo of himself in a Cajuns uniform with the words “I’m coming home.”

“Johnnie Nation, thank y’all for everything,” he tweeted Saturday. “Made plenty of memories I’ll never forget.”

Williams is a product of Lafayette Christian Academy, which he helped lead to a state championship while averaging 15 points, six rebounds and three assists as a junior in the 2016-17 season.

The Cajuns also picked up a preferred walk-on commitment late last week from Carter Domingue, a guard who helped lead St. Thomas More to four straight state championships.

The Cajuns have not yet acknowledged the addition of Williams, a former Daily Advertiser All-Acadiana MVP. Williams was ranked by ESPN as the No. 20 shooting guard in the nation in 2018. 

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The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder averaged 9.5 points, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game for St. John’s last season, when he started 18 of the 24 games he played and led the Red Storm in 3-point field goal shooting at 44.8% (26-for-58).

St. John's guard Greg Williams Jr. (4) , who is transferring to UL, defends against Seton Hall guard Myles Cale in the quarterfinals of the 2021 Big East Conference Tournament.

“I appreciate the journey I’ve been on the last three years,” Williams said in an Instagram post late last month, after he entered the NCAA transfer portal.

“In each of those years, there were a lot of lessons learned that help shape me into the man I am today. … I will cherish all the friendships, memories, bonds, and lessons, forever.”

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St. John’s went 16-11 last season, including 10-9 in Big East play. The Red Storm went to the NCAA Tournament in Williams’ freshman season, losing a First Four game to Arizona State.

UL went 16-8 last season under Bob Marlin, who took the Cajuns to the NCAA Tournament in 2014.