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Arizona's Williams entering draft with agent

Posted on: April 13, 2011 7:01 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2011 7:02 pm
 
Arizona sophomore Derrick Williams will forgo his final two seasons of eligibility and enter the NBA Draft with an agent, the school announced Wednesday.

"I have enjoyed my two years at Arizona both on and off the court," Williams said. "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."

Williams averaged 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds while leading Arizona to the Elite Eight.

The 6-foot-8 forward could be the No. 1 pick.
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Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: April 19, 2011 1:35 am
 

Translating Buzz to Bucks

Who was not amazed to watch Derrick Williams play this year and realize he was not heavily recruited out of high school and not highly regarded. His improvement is a credit to the Arizona coaching staff and to Derrick himself who must have invested countless hours of practive to implement the coaching.

This is the perfect moment for Derrick to declare. He is an undersized power forward who will intrigue NBA execs with his blend of athleticism and physical play. Carlos Boozer is a reasonable model for Derrick to pattern his game (he has a long way to go yet). But that leap in skill and production Derrick made this year will be promise for even more improvement in the future. This is why now is Derrick's time. If next year that continued improvement does not come he will drop in the draft.

Another factor for Derrick this year is many of the big men have returned to school. He has an opportunity to be drafted higher for lack of some competition. Perhaps only Marcus and Markieff Morris and Terrance Jones (if he declares) will be among the US big players in the lottery with Derrick. There are some intriguing foreign bigs in the draft, all of them more sizable than Derrick, including Enes Kantor, Jonas Valanciunas, and Bismack Biyombo . yes, this is perfect timing for Derrick.



Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2011 9:27 pm
 

Arizona's Williams entering draft with agent

Being a long time AZ Wildcats fan, it was great to experience the run this year.  It appears Arizona is back on the path of basketball relavence, it would have been great to see Williams play at least one more year; but a great returning cast and a good draft class, things look good.  Let's GO Wildcats...another tourney streak needs to be started!  Good Luck D. Will...continue the tradition of solid NBA players hailing from U of A!



Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 8:46 pm
 

Arizona's Williams entering draft with agent

Congrats D-Will! You will be sorely missed though next year in Tucson. Haven't seen a player this fun to watch on the Cats in a long, long time. See if you can get the Suns to trade up and stay in AZ!




Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2011 8:45 pm
 

Arizona's Williams entering draft with agent

Personally i would have loved to have seen him comeback and help continue the revival of Arizona basketball but you cant blame the kid one bit.  You gotta strike while the iron is hot and right now his stock is really high in a draft class that is pretty weak  and not very deep at all.  Good Luck Derrick... just avoid Cleveland!!



Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: April 13, 2011 8:39 pm
 

Arizona's Williams entering draft with agent

I was holding out hope he would stay for one more year but the opportunity is too big to pass up.  Best of luck on the next phase of your career.



Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2011 8:09 pm
 

Arizona's Williams entering draft with agent

Great move. I had hoped as have all Arizona fans, that he'd come back. But who  can blame him for giving up college for the real money. He deserves everything he's worked for. He's a great talent and a great human being. He will make all Arizona fans proud during his time in the NBA. I just hope he doesn't go to Cleveland. What a waste that would be.




Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2011 8:09 pm
 

Arizona's Williams entering draft with agent

Great move. I had hoped as have all Arizona fans, that he'd come back. But who  can blame him for giving up college for the real money. He deserves everything he's worked for. He's a great talent and a great human being. He will make all Arizona fans proud during his time in the NBA. I just hope he doesn't go to Cleveland. What a waste that would be.




Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2011 8:03 pm
 

Arizona's Williams entering draft with agent

Dang, but I don't blame him.



Since: Oct 3, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2011 7:46 pm
 

Arizona's Williams entering draft with agent

CONGRATS D.WILL!!! AS A UCLA FAN I AM GLAD TO SEE YOU GO, BUT YOU WILL BE A VALUBLE ASSET TO THE TEAM THAT DRAFTS YOU!!! NBA BOUND!!!



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 7:43 pm
 

Arizona's Williams entering draft with agent

Thanks for a great run Derrick and good luck in the League.



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