Tuesday night at Value City Arena, Kam Williams will be one of four Ohio State players and four managers to be recognized on senior day.
It will be the final home game for the fifth-year senior, whose career spans back to a redshirt season in 2013-14, and also his third game back after a three-game suspension.
Both looking forward and looking back, Williams didn’t have much to say on the topic of his unspecified violation of team rules at interviews Monday afternoon.
Asked in the final question of the press conference if there was anything he’d like to say to address the suspension or the situation, Williams replied simply, "Nah."
After spending time both as a starter and reserve this season, Williams had started 10 straight games until his suspension was announced hours before the Buckeyes hosted Illinois on Feb. 4. They would win that game, as well as a showdown at No. 3 Purdue three days later and a home game against Iowa on Feb. 10, with sophomore Andre Wesson in Williams’ place in the starting lineup.
"It wasn’t really that hard (to watch) because they were doing their job on the court," Williams said. "I was happy to see them. Everybody was eating. Everybody was doing well out there. That put a smile on my face. It’s a lot different when you’re watching on TV. You see different progressions going as opposed to when you’re out there on the floor. I’m just glad they were able to take care of business during that little three-game stretch."
As a junior, Williams averaged a career-high 9.4 points per game. As a sophomore, he shot a career-best 43.7 percent from three-point range as an offensive spark off the bench for the Buckeyes. This season, he is averaging 7.7 points per game while shooting 43.1 percent from three. He was allowed to continue to practice with the Buckeyes while serving the suspension.
In the two games since the suspension, Williams scored two points on 1-of-4 shooting in a loss at Penn State and four points on 2-of-5 shooting in a loss at Michigan. He’s missed his five attempted three-pointers in those games while averaging 14.0 minutes per game. After the loss to the Wolverines, coach Chris Holtmann was asked if Williams was rusty.
"This was his second game back," Holtmann said. "I don’t know, a guy that sits out three games is probably a little rusty, but hopefully he’ll have time to get back and get into the flow of things."
Monday marked the first time he was made available for interviews since his suspension was announced.
"I was coming off the bench earlier this season," he said. "I know I’ve just got to be ready whatever role I’m in. When coach calls my number I’ve got to be ready. If I prepare well, if we prepare well, we should be able to execute."
Adam Jardy is a reporter with the Columbus Dispatch.