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David Coit, Keshawn Williams enter transfer portal

Junior guard David Coit surveys the court with Ball State junior guard Jaylin Anderson guarding him in an NIU men’s basketball game on Feb. 20. Coit and senior guard Keshawn Williams both entered the transfer portal on Monday. (Northern Star File Photo)

DeKALB – Junior guard David Coit and senior guard Keshawn Williams have entered a transfer portal, per multiple social media posts.

Coit was NIU’s leading scorer for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 seasons and earned All-MAC Third Team honors for both seasons. 

The 5-foot-11 guard averaged 20.8 points per game in 2023-24, the second best average in the conference. Coit broke NIU’s single season record for made three-point field goals on March 5 and eclipsed the 1000 career points scored mark on March 2.

Coit announced his decision to enter the transfer portal via an Instagram post.

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Williams appeared in just 14 minutes of one game of the 2023-24 season due to multiple injuries. Williams suffered a torn ACL on Jan. 7, 2023 in a game against the University at Buffalo. 

Prior to his ACL injury, Williams averaged 17.9 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game for NIU in the 2022-23 season. During the 2021-22 season, the Chicago Heights native led the Huskies in scoring with 16.3 points per game and 474 total points tallied.

Verbal Commits first reported on Williams’ intent to transfer.

With the addition of Coit and Williams, NIU now has seven outgoing transfers.

Junior guard Zarique Nutter, sophomore forwards Xavier Amos and Yanic Konan Niederhauser, redshirt sophomore guard Zion Russell and freshman guard Will Lovings-Watts have all entered the transfer portal since the end of last season.

The seven Huskies combined for 1,780 points last season, or 78.4% of NIU’s 2,269 total points.

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