Troy Williams forgoes senior season, will remain in NBA draft

  • 05/25/2016 12:00 pm in

Troy Williams is ready to begin the next chapter of his basketball career.

The 6-foot-7 junior forward has decided to forgo his senior season and remain in the 2016 NBA draft, he confirmed on his Instagram account.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com reported that Williams will sign with ASM Sports.

Williams, who averaged 13.3 points and 5.8 rebounds last season, was a third team All-Big Ten selection in his final collegiate season as Indiana won the league title outright and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.

His departure means the Hoosiers will be without four of their top seven scorers from this season’s team next winter as Williams joins Yogi Ferrell, Max Bielfeldt and Nick Zeisloft as departures from the program.

The decision of Williams to forgo his senior season, however, didn’t come as a surprise as Indiana had been preparing for life without him for months.

The coaching staff signed Neosho County (Kan.) Community College wing Freddie McSwain in April to occupy the final roster spot for the 2016-2017 season.

Most mock drafts have Williams, who recently said he is a couple of classes and an internship short of his bachelor’s degree, going undrafted next month. He attended the NBA draft combine earlier in the month and worked out for the Indiana Pacers last week.

But even if Williams is not selected by an NBA team, he should have heavy free agent interest and find his way into the NBA Summer League and a training camp next fall.

Williams played in 99 games over three seasons at Indiana, making 94 starts. He averaged 11.3 points on 52.2 percent shooting to go along with 5.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists and a steal per game.

Just one member of Indiana’s heralded six-man 2013 recruiting class – Collin Hartman – will complete all four years of eligibility in Bloomington.

Williams and Noah Vonleh both left early for the NBA, Devin Davis was dismissed from the program and Stanford Robinson (Rhode Island) and Luke Fischer (Marquette) both transferred.

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  • Koko

    Alec Peters from Valpo?

  • Koko

    Just read an article naming the top three guys who should have returned to school…TW was one of them. I agree with you.

  • Koko

    Just saw an article on the top three who should have gone back to school.
    TW was one of them.

  • Ole Man

    Great post!

  • Ole Man

    Hey; no argument from me on that one.
    Melo went back to Mary. and Swanigan to PUke. Ouch!

  • Outoftheloop

    “Replace” is a loaded word, especially for a kid none of us has seen. But McFly only has 2 years for his college career. So don’t expect him to be deep on the bench. Coach Crean has shown that he will play athletic wings who can defend, rebound, and only take good shots. Go to it McFly, be great!

  • Outoftheloop

    Rob had a well defined role playing with Yogi. I think we will see “Rob unleashed” in 2016-17. He can move it fast, but Yogi was the best PG in IU history! (QB was the best guard and leader)

  • Outoftheloop

    IU has 13 scholarships, and all 13 are being used. Recruit for 2017!

  • Outoftheloop

    Juwan is a warrior, and he should be good to go!

  • Outoftheloop

    First 5: Thomas, OG, Collin, Rob, James. I count 3 NBA picks in that group! Second 5: DeRon, Juwan, McFly, Josh, Curtis. MN, NW, NE, Rutgers, PN St all just asked to if they could start those 5 every game! Then Devonte, Grant and Tim. My guess is that Devonte will be a very pleasant surprise! Grant has to shoot well immediately. Tim has to play and play well this year or make sure that he gets his degree in 3 years.

  • Outoftheloop

    I hope that he actually gets his degree. It takes time. There will be no time before the Draft. There will be no time during the Summer League. Then it is off to foreign lands (to actually get paid decent money) or preparing for the D league to play at pauper wages. It is not a given!

  • Outoftheloop

    Rob runs next year’s team and he is great!

  • Outoftheloop

    If you are talking about Juwan, then you are wrong Ole. Give him 20 minutes/game and he is close to a 10/10 man. OG is even better!

  • Outoftheloop

    It is a simple game: defense, rebounding, team ball movement (high assists, low TO’s, good decisions). Then shoot 50% on 2 ‘s, 40% on 3’s, 75% on FT’s!

  • Outoftheloop

    Did any team in the B1G ever really stop the skinny awkward kid at NW a few years back from scoring 20/game? Or Uthoff? Or Robbie Hummel? So much for brute strength!

  • Outoftheloop

    Plus OG and James! If you have NBA talent then put them on the floor!

  • Outoftheloop

    Did you ever see Tom Abernethy play? He never lost his starting spot and IU lost 1 game in 2 years! He would score 7-8 and rebound 6-7 unless someone was hurt or in foul trouble, then Tom was good for 18 and 12! It is a team game not an all-star squad!

  • Outoftheloop

    No NC shot lights out and got off to a big lead. IU was average in all phases of the game.

  • Outoftheloop

    I don’t think that Troy liked the academic side. So a master’s degree was not appealing to him!

  • Outoftheloop

    The NBA is a shooters league! If you are a scorer, you have to be great! Troy is an inconsistent shooter and not a great scorer!

  • dwdkc

    He’s definitely the leader in the clubhouse. But if he doesn’t do dumb stuff……how awesome will that be not to even have a guy to pick on?

  • Would you call 16 points within a “sniff” of 20? He’ll get his on a few random nights next season.

  • Yes, they’ll clearly be on the floor. I’m talking about team leadership next season. This group is who I see filling in for the seniors and Troy, recently departed. And those two will be hugely important, but I’m not sure they’ll be driving and guiding the team as a whole on a nightly basis. We’ll see, who knows.

  • I don’t. I think he’ll be really good, but I also think it will take a while for that to happen. At least January before we see the good stuff. Maybe by next year he’ll be approaching Troy level. I’m also willing to be pleasantly surprised.

  • being “high” on McFly is not the same as saying he’ll be better than Troy next year.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I just read through my post to make sure and I didn’t write that it was the same thing. I read more than one post over the past month that said Freddie McSwain would be better than Troy Williams. The posts I was referring to did, in fact, say that McSwain would be a better player and/or a better fit for IU than Troy.

  • Hoosier Brews62

    I can see CH being a leader

  • IUJeff

    Then you will be pleasantly surprised. Remember JM did run point last year. The kid is an all around baller.

  • Ole Man

    EVERYbody runs point at least once in CTC’s system. I wouldn’t read to much into that.
    The kid needs to be on our front line. Him guarding guards on a regular basis would be a disaster as he doesn’t have that kind of quickness.

  • Ole Man

    As I said below, let’s give him a chance to carve out his own legend!

  • Ole Man

    He just won’t see enough minutes on a regular basis. CH, OG, and probably DD are ahead of him in the rotation.
    He’s a four year player and will be good/great by the fourth year.

  • Ole Man

    That’s not the norm, and you know it. 😉

  • IUMIKE1

    Well put and all good points.

  • Koko

    Many like to speculate, which is fine with me, but I’m with you in that I need to see them play a few games before I form an opinion. How will the new guys adjust and how will they gel with the returning players? Who appears to emerge as the team leader/leaders? Also wanna see how TC is going to handle the group and what his emphasis is going to be in terms of defense/offense.

  • Bill Graham

    And the award for the Most Politically Analytically Correct ITH Post goes to……(drumroll please)…. CreamandCrimson!

    Good post. Well thought out.