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Derrick Williams declares for 2011 NBA Draft

Posted on: April 13, 2011 7:01 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2011 7:22 pm
University of Arizona forward Derrick Williams will enter the NBA Draft. Posted by Ben Golliver. derrick-williams

Finally, an elite college prospect that actually wants to join the NBA immediately.

University of Arizona sophomore forward Derrick Williams, a projected top-5 pick on most mock drafts, has declared for the 2011 NBA Draft and will hire an agent. The decision doesn't come as a surprise given the buzz Williams generated with his athletic, above the rim play during the 2011 NCAA Tournament, but other topic prospects, such as Baylor's Perry Jones, have recently opted to return to school.

The Wildcats issued a statement on Williams' behalf. 
University of Arizona men's basketball player Derrick Williams has decided to make himself eligible for the 2011 NBA Draft. Williams intends to sign with an agent and will not return to the program in 2011-12.
A 6-foot-8, 241-pound sophomore forward from La Mirada, Calif., Williams led Arizona with per-game averages of 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds, to go with a .595 (226-of-380) field goal percentage in 38 appearances (all starts). He scored in double figures 37 times, posted 13 double-doubles and posted the two highest single-game rebounding totals in the Pac-10 this season (19 at Washington State on Jan. 22 and 18 at California on Feb. 5).
"After careful consideration and with the support of my family and Coach Miller, I have decided to declare for the 2011 NBA Draft," said Williams. "I have enjoyed my two years at Arizona both on and off the court. I want to thank my teammates, who are like brothers to me, my coaches and all Wildcat Fans for making my experience an unforgettable one."
This year's draft class is generally regarded as a weak group. Williams, one of the year's fastest risers up the boards, might have the greatest star potential of any of the players that have declared thanks to his combination of skill, range and explosiveness. An efficient scorer, Williams can fill it up in a variety of ways: creating his own shot, shooting from the perimeter, getting to the free throw line and finishing in traffic. 

If there are questions about Williams, the 2011 Pacific-10 Player of the Year, it's whether he is a three or a four at the NBA level and whether he has the tools to become an elite defender. Most likely, Williams will see time at both forward positions and will be allowed to focus most of his efforts on the offensive end of the court. That's how things tend to go for versatile scorers with his measurements.

In a recent mock draft, Williams went No. 4 overall.'s current 2011 mock draft has Williams being selected at No. 2.
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Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: April 15, 2011 3:25 pm

Derrick Williams declares for 2011 NBA Draft

Homerman, Williams would go above Harrison Barnes. ACC is not the be all, end all in basketball.

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2011 1:31 pm

Derrick Williams declares for 2011 NBA Draft

I know there's a place in today's NBA for the 3/4 tweener who can fill it up, and Williams is a major talent...but that description sounds a lot like Jeff Green or Michael Beasley. Those guys are useful parts, but not worth a top-five draft pick, in retrospect. Even as a Buckeyes fan, I worry that Jared Sullinger will end up as a slighty-more-skilled version of Corliss Williamson, since Big Sully isn't really that big by NBA standards (6'-8").

Since: Jun 27, 2009
Posted on: April 14, 2011 10:47 am

Derrick Williams declares for 2011 NBA Draft

This kid is hands down the number one pick. He has all the tools. I just hope he doesnt got to teams like The Bucks, Wolves, Raptors etc. I would love to see him go to the Clippers or the Suns.

Since: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:22 am
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 2:11 am

Derrick Williams declares for 2011 NBA Draft

Cool.  Representing AZ, awesome !  He's going to make millions, awesome !  I just hope he doesn't end up in a black hole of a team playing for a nobody team logging meaningless minutes or sitting behind some bum in the NBA waiting for his shot.  Ala Jerryd Bayless, who should've stayed an additional year.  Or what's even worse is an NBA lockout.  Do players get paid if they're locked out ?  All the while AZ can use him on there journey to another Post Season run !

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2011 7:54 pm

Derrick Williams declares for 2011 NBA Draft

Cavs take him #1 and maybe land Brandon Knight at 8 0r 9

Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 7:04 pm

Derrick Williams declares for 2011 NBA Draft

He is a very talented player he will probably go top 5 if not number 2.

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