Troy Williams says NBA draft decision coming soon

  • 04/09/2016 11:24 am in

In an interview Saturday morning on ESPN Radio 94.1 in Virginia Beach, Indiana junior forward Troy Williams said he is still undecided on his future, but plans to make an announcement soon.

“Right now, I’m still deciding,” Williams said. “I’ll be making an announcement here soon. In the next couple of days.”

Williams, who averaged 13.3 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Hoosiers last season, is ranked the No. 83 draft prospect by DraftExpress.com and the No. 86 prospect by Chad Ford of ESPN.com.

The 6-foot-7 forward was a third team All-Big Ten selection for the 2015-2016 season as Indiana won the conference outright by two games and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.

An NBA scout told Inside the Hall last week that Williams could go anywhere from the late first round to the second round if he entered the draft.

Under the new NCAA rules enacted this year, underclassmen can declare for the NBA draft, participate in the NBA draft combine (May 11-15) and workout for a team and still maintain their eligibility provided they do not hire an agent.

The deadline to declare for the draft is April 24, but underclassmen will have 10 days after the draft combine ends to gather feedback and make a final decision to either stay in the draft or return to school.

Williams is expected to graduate from Indiana in May.

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  • ’11Hoosier

    2016 was the first time Troy Williams made it to the Sweet 16. IU lost to Wichita State last year in the first round.

    Keep HMP the heck out of Bloomington? He was dismissed from the team last year and transferred to East Tennessee State.

  • calbert40

    Hey, men…only 5 guys get to start! haha! I’d think that the likelihood of Davis starting is pretty minimal, IMO. If Troy comes back, he will start. I don’t think that is really up for debate.

    If I had to bet, I’d say RJ, JBJ, Troy, CH and Bryant. OG, Davis, Newkirk and Morgan as main contributors off the bench.

    If Troy does NOT come back, you may see OG in there, though.

  • JetpackJunky

    Because it’s a massive case taking place in a faux-judicial system? It’s taking years and years less time than it would if it were actually adjudicated. Discovery alone could take this long.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    lest you forget, he was in the car with EH, JM, and TB last offseason, well after he was dismissed and went to ETSU. that’s the point i was trying to make, he was like a recurring nightmare.

    and yes, by last season, i was referring to the ’16 season. sorry for the confusion ’11.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    JBJ starts unless he physically just can’t play any more. Ole Man is right on this one for sure, CTC is nothing if not loyal. Now, I would not be shocked if JN starts at point, and both JBJ & RJ start. TW (or OG if TW is gone) at the 4 and TB at the 5. His minutes may diminish rapidly if he can’t guard people, but he starts….

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    but compare it to syracuse, smu, and basically all the schools where cal has coached. did it take anywhere near as long for the hammer to be brought down on them once their transgressions were exposed? i could be wrong, but sure doesn’t seem like it.

  • JetpackJunky

    You’re missing the point though. A team who plays well on defense (pushing other teams to the end of the shot clock) will have a slower adjusted tempo than a team who doesn’t. So, that we have an adjusted temp ranked at 151 does not actually speak to the speed of our offense.

    The Citadel has the fastest tempo and worst defense in D1 for this exact reason.

    KenPom explains this in his stats post you quoted. He determines the number of possessions in the game, divides to find the time per possession, gives this number to both teams, and that is their adjusted tempo for the game. You’re using a stat which reflects both sides of the court to make an argument on only one side of the court.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    You raise a valid point Forever; I don’t have access to the KenPom stats. I can only speculate that several of the games early in the year hurt the numbers (lest we forget about Maui) and some of the B1G teams are very effective at slowing down the game (Wisconsin, to a lesser extent Northwestern, Nebraska, and MN) and some of the games we won regardless of not being very efficient.
    All of which gets me thinking, how long until the MN/Nebraska coaching seats become searing hot??????

  • Kris Kompute

    Ran out of meds.

  • BL

    Cal this is one time I hope you’re wrong. If OG makes the kind of jump I expect, he’ll clearly be a top three player on the team (or better) and will undoubtedly deserve to start. If that happens, we’ll have a chance to be a truly great team. On the other hand, if CH beats him out, we’ll be good but not quite the level I thought possible.

  • JetpackJunky

    Have any of them involved the longest list of allegations the NCAA has issued? How about well-over 250,000 individual records? Three decades of classes taken by thousands of students from multiple athletic programs and non-athletes?

    They just are not comparable. It’s like asking why a murder trial takes 3 years when you can be in and out for a B&E in 6 months. The scope is entirely different.

  • JetpackJunky

    Have any of them involved the longest list of allegations the NCAA has issued? How about well-over 250,000 individual records? Three decades of classes taken by thousands of students from multiple athletic programs and non-athletes?

    They just are not comparable. It’s like asking why a murder trial takes 3 years when you can be in and out for a B&E in 6 months. The scope is entirely different.

    Edit: For further reading, I just found this article from under 2 weeks ago. It talks about a recent development in the case (though doesn’t address that this development may further delay the case) and towards the end reviews the reasons the case has been delayed so far and discusses the mountains of evidence.

    Linking to a link apparently hides my post, so the title is “Long-ago UNC report contradicts university’s latest stance on independent studies” and it’s with the News & Observer.

    Guess you can’t edit away from needing approval.

  • Fivelefts

    I must admit, I didn’t watch the entire game.. I watched the first half. I wouldn’t be upset to have his services.. He kind of reminded me of Phillip Rivers?

  • hardcore_hoosier

    That’s a fair assumption.

  • calbert40

    I think OG is a better player than CH; however, I think CH might start over him. Personally, I don’t care who starts too much at all. I have always been more concerned with the minutes each player plays. I could foresee CH starting, but OG playing more minutes, especially in the closing minutes.

    I really don’t have a dog in the hunt on this, so I wouldn’t care if I’m wrong on this one. I think OG is fantastic, but CH is one of those “glue guys” whose talents are more qualitative than quantitative.

  • BL

    Yeah, for example, in the second half he knocked down back-to-back three’s. Funny, he reminds me of a running back we had on our high school football team that always looked liked he was running half speed but would be pulling away from the fastest DB’s. Broke all my school’s rushing records. Anyway, M-White is definitely a tough one to predict.

  • Indiana_Banners

    His Instagram