For the second time this offseason, Western Kentucky reportedly has an opening on its men’s basketball coaching staff.
Assistant Shammond Williams has resigned from his duties with the Hilltoppers, Scout reported Monday. WKU hasn’t commented since the report surfaced Monday.
Williams would be the second Topper assistant from the 2016-17 team to leave this offseason. Quannas White left this spring for a position at Houston, with program support staffer Ben Hansbrough earning a promotion to fill White’s role.
Williams joined coach Rick Stansbury’s staff last summer after spending the previous three years as an assistant at Tulane. He also spent one season at Furman.
Williams brought strong recruiting ties to WKU and has served as a counselor at the Nike Elite Youth Skill Academies.
As a player, Williams was a four-year letterwinner at North Carolina. The guard helped the Tar Heels to Final Four appearances in 1995, ’97 and ’98.
Williams then went on to a 13-year professional basketball career that included time with seven NBA teams and seven seasons overseas. He’s a cousin of former NBA star and fellow Greenville, S.C., native Kevin Garnett.
Williams served as a mentor to WKU signee Mitchell Robinson, a McDonald’s All-American, during the five-star center’s high school days in Louisiana.
Robinson committed to the Hilltoppers last summer shortly after Williams’ hire. However, the player’s relationship with Stansbury goes back to before the coach was hired by WKU and added Williams to his coaching staff.
Stansbury, a Texas A&M assistant from 2014-16, recruited Robinson and secured his commitment to the Aggies in 2015. Robinson then decommitted from Texas A&M when Stansbury left the Southeastern Conference school to take over at WKU following the 2015-16 season.
Robinson hasn’t yet reported to campus this summer. He was slated to start classes for the second summer school session later in July due to potential conflicts with USA Basketball.
Robinson took part in tryouts last month for the USA U19 team. He was one of 18 finalists, but didn’t make the final cut to 12 for the team, which is currently competing in Egypt at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup.
Reports of Williams’ departure come shortly after sophomore guard Damari Parris found out this weekend that his scholarship wouldn’t be renewed for the 2017-18 season.