The recent struggles of the Ohio State men’s basketball team created concern, but Kam Williams’ decision to return for his senior season was his and his alone, his father told The Dispatch.

After declaring for the NBA Draft but not hiring an agent in order to keep his collegiate eligibility intact, Williams announced his return to the Buckeyes on the May 24 deadline by posting a message to social media. It has been his only public comment on the situation, and Kevin Williams said it’s not something the two have had to discuss at great length.

They did discuss the state of the program, however.

“The fact that he’s got to be there, we did talk about what was going on and a lot of it was unknown,” Williams’ dad said in a phone interview. “I didn’t know what was coming up next or what was going on. Having said that, I wouldn’t like any kid or anybody to be labeled as a quitter. When you start something, I want you to finish it and finish it strong.

“Let me put it to you this way: if he’s happy, then I’m happy, because you don’t want your kid to be unhappy in any aspect of life. I’m happy with whatever decision he makes that’s going to make him happy.”

After a 17-15 season ended with a first-round exit in the Big Ten tournament and no postseason bid, the Buckeyes lost backup center David Bell, who transferred to Jacksonville to be with his pregnant girlfriend, and starting center Trevor Thompson, who declared for the NBA Draft and hired an agent. Guard JaQuan Lyle was arrested in mid-May and was subsequently revealed to have quit the team in early April, walk-on Jimmy Jent left the team to focus on his schoolwork and highly rated recruit Darius Bazley withdrew his verbal commitment to the class of 2018 while publicly citing the program’s problems for his decision.

more year. Just as excited is those dudes lol https://t.co/iIvv4BRuPj

— Kam Williams (@kd__will) May 24, 2017

It was a lot to process, but along the way Williams was able to achieve a primary offseason goal of getting extra time in the gym. The fifth-year senior-to-be is well regarded among his teammates and coaches for a high work ethic and often posts photos and videos of himself on the court at odd hours of the day.

Williams’ father said that made a mark with the agents who were courting his son.

“One thing they were impressed about was whenever they would call (Kam) he would always tell them his schedule,” he said. “He would say, ‘I’ve got this to do, I’m in the gym at this time, you can reach me at this time.’ He’s a very regimented person. You can’t just pick up the phone and try to reach him. I even have a problem with it sometimes because he’s on a very strict schedule that he assigns himself.”

Ohio State has not made any players available for interviews since the night the season ended save for center Micah Potter, who spoke with The Dispatch for about three minutes while entering a student-run end-of-year awards event on campus in late APril. A team spokesman said players like Williams will be available sometime after head coach Thad Matta holds a press conference, which could be scheduled by the end of this week for a later date.

With his return, Williams gives the Buckeyes 10 bodies for next season, one of which is a former walk-on. He started a career-high 29 games as a junior and averaged a career-high 9.4 points per game while shooting 37.6 percent from three. His scoring in Big Ten play, though, dropped from 9.6 points per game as a sophomore to 8.5 points last season as his three-point shooting percentage dipped from 51.5 percent (34 for 66) two years ago to 32.4 percent (22 for 68) last season.