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Jordan Williams. NBA Player. Believe It.

POSTED June 25, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Jordan Williams picked by the New Jersey Nets in the Second Round of the NBA Draft. The 36th pick overall. The Williams Family. (back row, left to right) Desmond, Nicole, Jordan and Leron. Front row-(left to right) Dee and Caycee. Congrats to the entire family!

Jordan Williams a New Jersey Net!

What an incredible 24-hours it has been for the anyone who called themselves a fan of one Jordan Williams. The former Maryland University and Torrington High School star is now a member of the National Basketball Association.

He is a professional basketball player. The dream that started so many years ago has become a reality.

Williams was picked by the New Jersey Nets in the Second Round of the 2011 NBA Draft. He was the 36th overall pick and will be playing a majority of his games on the East Coast. Could not have worked out much better than this for the fans of a young man who has worked hard to get his shot at doing what he wants for a living.

On Wednesday night, Rick Wilson and I had the privilege of being on hand as the Williams family gathered at their Torrington home in preparation for the biggest day of their son’s life.

As my good friend Rick wrote, the atmosphere was electric from the moment we walked in until we left more than an hour later.

Jordan looked great, slimmed down and ready to rumble with any power forward the NBA may throw at him.

Think about this. Next year, on a team that will more than likely use his skills off the bench from the get-go, Williams will be on the same floor as Lebron, D-Wade, Carmelo, Garnett, Allen, Kobe. As Dick Vitale might say, “Are you serious?”

It is for certain, a prideful moment for any of those who were smart enough to celebrate what Jordan Williams was trying to do.

For those who doubted him, keep on doubting; it motivates this Raider every day.

We will have more on the aftermath of this historic day in T-Town over the next few days and will be following our local NBA star for many years to come.

Notes from Patrick Tiscia’s live coverage of the Draft.

Update, 10:50 p.m.: Few thoughts on Jordan - The opportunity for playing time will be considerable off the Nets bench. They are a team in transition and other than Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries, have little depth on the front line. Williams will have to work hard on the defensive end as head coach Avery Johnson demands perfection on that side of the floor. For his family and friends, this is a great spot to be picked. His home games will only be two hours away (pending traffic on the GW, of course) and they won't have to purchase the NBA League Pass as all the Net games are on YES, a channel carried here locally. Congrats to Jordan, from winning a state title as a freshman sixth man for Torrington High School to the 50-point games and broken backboards as a senior, this is one of the great stories in Litchfield County sports history. It will be an interesting ride for him, his family and all who follow him.

Update, 11:08 p.m.: Before wrapping this up, I wanted to make sure there were no trades brewing with the Nets and that doesn't appear to be the case. Great night for the Williams family, Torrington and all of Litchfield County. Be sure to check out On Friday, we'll have reaction from the Nets and reaction from Jordan, eventually, as well. Thanks for reading.

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