Memphis’ Mikey Williams still away from Tigers as practices start following April arrest

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Memphis guard Mikey Williams is still away from the program following his arrest earlier this year and missed the team’s first official practices earlier this week, according to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello.

Williams was arrested in April after an alleged shooting at his San Diego home. The freshman has enrolled in online classes at Memphis, but the school said he does not have access to the team’s facilities or activities, which will remain the case “until his pending legal process is complete.”

Williams missed the team’s first practices of the season this week, and did not travel with the Tigers to the Dominican Republic earlier this summer, either.

Williams, who quickly grew a massive social media following and signed a multimillion-dollar shoe deal with Puma in high school, was arrested after an incident at his San Diego area home in April. Police said that Williams fired a gun at a car full of people as they were leaving his home on March 27. The car was hit, officials said, but nobody inside the vehicle was hurt.

Mikey Williams, a four-star recruit, had a massive social media following and a huge Puma NIL deal out of high school

Mikey Williams, a four-star recruit, had a massive social media following and a huge Puma NIL deal out of high school. (Denis Poroy/Getty Images) (Denis Poroy via Getty Images)

Williams was arrested and charged with five counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon and one count of firing into an occupied vehicle. He has since pleaded not guilty, and is due in court next Oct. 10 for a preliminary hearing, which has been postponed multiple times.

Williams was a four-star recruit out of high school. He drew interest from Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Tennessee, San Diego State and even visited Kansas before committing to play for Penny Hardaway and Memphis.

Memphis went 26-9 last season, Hardaway’s fifth with the program, and made the NCAA tournament, though they were knocked out in the first round. The Tigers will officially open the season against Jackson State on Nov. 6.

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