Williams nears return for Spiders

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Derrick Williams was putting together a solid 2012-2013 campaign, but hit a bump in the road in Richmond's December 29 game against Davidson.  Williams suffered a sprained ankle that has kept him out since that contest, but his head coach says the Spiders' big man could be nearing his return.

Chris Mooney told NBC12 Monday that Williams is making progress and had a positive visit with doctors.  He also said that it's possible the forward could return as early as this Saturday's home game against Xavier, but added the team would see how the week went for Williams and he wasn't sure how likely his chances were of playing in less than a week.

The schedule favors Williams' chances of at least getting back for the second half of the Atlantic 10 season.  Following Saturday's game, Richmond will enjoy a full week until its next contest.

The Spiders have held their own in Williams' absence, holding a 3-3 conference record and just 1.5 games out of first place.  Big contributions from freshmen Deion Taylor and Alonzo Nelson-Ododa, along with Trey Davis, have helped Richmond.

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