Mikey Williams, former Memphis basketball signee, commits to UCF

Mikey Williams, the former Memphis basketball signee, announced his verbal commitment to UCF on Friday.

“All I needed was a chance,” Williams wrote on Instagram under multiple photos of him in a UCF uniform.

The news comes just days after the 19-year-old guard made it known he was formally cutting ties with the 13th-ranked Tigers. It is unclear whether Williams will be eligible to play immediately for the Knights.

Williams signed with Memphis in November 2022. But his path to play for coach Penny Hardaway became impeded following his April 2023 arrest on felony gun charges stemming from a shooting that took place outside his California mansion in March 2023.

More than eight months of legal drama ensued, and Williams was facing a jury trial that was set to begin Dec. 14. But on Dec. 1, he reached a plea agreement with San Diego County prosecutors in which he pleaded guilty to one felony charge (making criminal threats), which will be reduced to a misdemeanor in August as long as he avoids any more legal issues and hits a series of court-ordered benchmarks (gun safety and anger management courses as well as community service hours). The other eight felony charges were dropped.

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