New Mexico’s Devon Williams ends career after collapsing on the court

Devon Williams collapsed on the court in Sunday's win over New Mexico State.
Andres Leighton

Devon Williams' career has ended two games into his redshirt sophomore season.

On Sunday, the New Mexico forward collapsed on the court after a collision and was taken off the floor with an apparent neck injury. New Mexico head coach Craig Neal told Andy Katz of ESPN that Williams was diagnosed with spinal stenosis and has decided to end his college career.

“He has a narrowing of his spinal column,'' Neal said in a text message to ESPN. “He saw a specialist and he advised him not to play. There was a fear of him being paralyzed. He said he was very lucky that it didn't happen against New Mexico State. He is fine. He is walking with no problems. He will live a great life and he can finish his degree and get a graduate degree.''

Williams averaged 5.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 38 career college games.

New Mexico returns to action on Saturday at USC.

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