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Former Raider hoops star, Jordan Williams to play in Poland as NBA lockout drags on.

POSTED November 22, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


TORRINGTON: Former Torrington High School and University of Maryland standout and current New Jersey Nets draft pick, Jordan Williams, is going to get his chance to play at the high level of basketball he has been looking for.
It’s just a little farther away from New Jersey than he thought.
A source close to the family confirmed that Williams has signed with a team named the Zastal Zielona Gora in Poland.
Williams, like all of his fellow NBA brothers, has been in limbo since the lockout began.
It had long been speculated that if a player in Williams position left the states and played in Europe, he would be contractually obligated to stay the entire season.
That could mean forgoing his rookie season with the Nets and a chance to make an impact sooner rather than later.
That risk has apparently been removed as the source reported Williams has an out clause that would allow him to come back to the NBA if the lockout ends.
With that obstacle removed, Williams can now get into a league that features several NBA players, including one on his own team.
Gani Lawal, a power forward for the Phoenix Suns is also on the roster and leads the team through nine games with a 16.8 points per game average with 11.7 rebounds.
Williams will get much needed high level work in against the types of players he will face if and when the lockout ends.
2011 was an ideal time for Williams to be part of the Nets rebuilding process. In need of a big man who could help control the boards, Williams was thought to be in an ideal position to help out right away.
Williams left the University of Maryland after his sophomore season and entered the draft and was the 36th overall pick in 2011.
It was thought to be a risky move based on the uncertainly of the labor situation which seems to still be stuck in the mud.
Since he was drafted, Williams has worked out at Torrington High School while playing in as many charity games with players like Ryan Gomes when they became available.
William’s agent, Andy Miller, worked to find a team that would accommodate the former Raiders desire to leave Poland if need be.
On Friday night in the I-95 Pro-Jam Battle in Bridgeport, Williams scored eight points and played with former University of Connecticut center Hasheem Thabeet amongst others.
This marks the fourth Net to sign oversees. Williams joins Deron Williams (Turkey), Jordan Farmar (Israel) and Sundiata Gaines (Georgia).
Here’s hoping the labor stuff gets figured out and all can head down I-95 to Jersey to see Williams play. A road trip to Poland is definitely out of the question, not in the budget.

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