2011 Year in Review. May 8. Torrington's Williams signs with agent, officially enters NBA Draft
With one simple tweet, Torrington’s Jordan Williams confirmed Wednesday that he will not return to the University of Maryland and officially enter the NBA Draft.
Williams posted this on his Twitter page: “I wanna thank #TerpNation for the support over the past 2 years I hope yall continue to follow me on my journey to the top!!”
Back in late March, Williams announced he’d enter the draft, not hire an agent and test the waters at the NBA pre-draft camps. If he didn’t like the vibe heard from scouts, he’d then return to Maryland for his junior season.
Apparently the feedback he’s received has been positive, as Williams signed with agent Andy Miller of ASM Sports, according to The Washington Post. Williams had until this upcoming Sunday to make his final decision.
Once you sign with an agent, you lose your NCAA eligibility.
Based on the season Williams just had at Maryland, where he averaged 16.9 points and 11.8 rebounds at the center position, and the perceived weak draft class by NBA experts, it appears this was the move to make by Williams.
The talent at the center position in the NBA is scarce and lottery teams such as the Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets and Detroit Pistons have gaping holes in the middle, holes that Williams can fill immediately.
Considering his work ethic, as evidenced by the sudden improvement he made in only two years at Maryland, one would expect to see Williams, at the very least, step in right away and become a serviceable NBA center.
The one dark cloud hovering over this, though, is the labor war currently on-going in the NBA. Some involved in the league have already stated publicly that they’d be surprised if there was a season next year. With the success of the playoffs and the highest ratings since Michael Jordan’s final retirement, it’s hard to fathom David Stern allowing an entire year to go by without basketball, but until there’s an official agreement, you just never know.
One thing we do know is that ratings for the draft in Torrington will never be higher than this year. The draft will be held on June 23 on ESPN.