Troy Williams participating in Nike Basketball Academy

  • 06/27/2015 10:16 pm in

Indiana junior forward Troy Williams is among the nation’s top college players currently participating in Nike’s inaugural Basketball Academy at Santa Monica (Calif.) Airport’s Barker Hanger.

The event, billed by Nike as an “effort to create a premium and seamless basketball experience with the game’s elite,” features both high school and college players and combines Nike’s previous three skills academies into one.

According to a press release, the academy “will allow the best players in the country to compete against the best competition while receiving guidance from Nike Basketball’s biggest stars; LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis to name a few. Additional basketball legends will be on hand to serve as mentors and coaches for the weeklong session with the top high school and college players in the country.”

Four Big Ten players were invited: Williams, Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine, Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff and Northwestern’s Tre Demps.

The full roster of college participants can be accessed here.

As a sophomore, Williams averaged 13 points, 7.4 rebounds, two assists in 27.6 minutes per game and was named an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection by the coaches and media.

The 6-foot-7 forward considered a jump to the NBA following the 2014-2015 season, but opted to return for a third season in Bloomington.

He’s currently projected as a late first round pick in next June’s NBA draft by Draft Express.

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  • SilentBob

    Sweet. Troy seems determined to get a lot better this summer. First working out with Lucas when others were on break and now getting instruction from some of the best to ever play the game.

    Anyone know how long this event lasts?

  • BC Hoosier

    It’s a week long event.

  • June 26-30 I believe.

  • TomJameson

    I can’t wait to watch Troy play this year. I would imagine that he will be much better focused and as explosive as ever. I think all these Hoosiers will be focused and dialed in this year. It could be a very good year.

  • Indiana_Banners

    I think Troy had a great offseason last year and he seems even more dialed into improving in the gym this summer. I really enjoyed watching him last year and I’m looking forward to seeing his growth this fall. He’s going to be fun to watch to say the least.

  • Caleb Moore

    More consistent jump shot, better play to play decision making, strengthen the handle and the body……Probably his biggest areas of work needed in my opinion. If he can take a Victor type 3rd year leap then he could be a top 10 level talent. Obviously a lot to ask but seems to be working very hard this summer.

  • Tyler T

    Troy is primed for a HUGE season. He will do some very big things. Excited to watch him.

  • Ole Man

    Needs to play better D before he can be mentioned in the same breath as “O”.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    If TW could become an elite defender & an adequate outside / midrange shooter, then he will be a lottery pick. I hope he pulls it off!

  • BC Hoosier

    I think defense should be Troy’s biggest concern. If he wants to step on an NBA floor he’s going to have to play defense.

  • SCHoosier

    I agree with this..it still drives me crazy when he rushes the ball up the court to ?? who knows where…or gets the ball from a guard and waves everybody away..telling the entire defense that he’s going to drive to the basket. Of course if he develops a reliable pull up it could make him a real threat. Troy is fun..if frustrating to watch. Ole Man’s comment in improving h is D is right on..IMO

  • HostileHoosier

    I am very happy for Troy! This young man has so much talent! If he just play’s HIS game is is as good as gold! Best wishes Troy cant wait to see ya this year. Thanks for staying!!!!

  • inLinE6

    I thought NBA does not play defense? LOL.

  • IUMIKE1

    Ditto on everything you said.