Troy Williams returning to Indiana for junior season

  • 04/08/2015 6:21 pm in

Indiana sophomore forward Troy Williams will return to Indiana for his junior season, according to a post on his Instagram account.

Indiana confirmed that Williams will return in a press release.

“I’m definitely coming back for my junior year at IU,” Williams said in the release. “I love my teammates and coaches and with continued work, I think we can accomplish so much. This is a special place and I can’t wait to see our team grow over the coming months.”

The Hampton, Virginia native was viewed as a potential second round pick in this June’s NBA draft, but most projections have him as a solid first round selection with another year of development.

His uncle, Boo Williams, told Inside the Hall that a variety of factors played into his nephew’s decision to return including his desire to earn a degree as well as his comfort level with both Indiana and Tom Crean.

“I don’t think Troy is anywhere near his ceiling,” Boo Williams said. “I think Troy has the potential to get better. There were some teams willing to draft Troy in the first round. Not many, but enough to make you think about it. Most of the interest was in the second round.

“I think he’ll be better next year, especially if he has the same improvement he did this year.”

In a release issued earlier tonight, Crean said Williams made this decision to return after gathering a significant amount of feedback from the NBA.

“Troy is in the process of making continuous improvement in so many areas and is growing in his personal responsibility to living up to his vast potential and has come to the realization that the path he is on is beneficial to that growth and improvement,” Crean said. “After extensive research, official feedback from the NBA and family support and guidance, Troy will remain at Indiana for his junior year. Personally, I am proud of how he has handled all of this as his work in school and on the court has not suffered one bit, in fact he has been even more focused. We have learned a lot through this process that can only help all of us to help his continual improvement.”

Williams averaged 13.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and two assists in 27.6 minutes per game as a sophomore. He played in 32 of Indiana’s 34 games.

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  • Adam

    Yes! Now we wait for Yogi!

  • Zach

    Expected, but a relief to hear the guy knows he still has work to do. Another jump this offseason for him will put him in a great position for next year’s draft. In the mean time, he’ll be a major piece to a great IUBB squad. Now we wait for the same announcement from Yogi

  • EvanstonB

    Great news! Glad for IU and for Troy… I think he could build himself into a mid-1st round pick (or better) if he can continue to make progress over the summer and show growth in his all-around game, hopefully similar to the trajectory Oladipo had a few years ago.

  • Kevin yeager

    He will be the X factor next year. If yogi returns and troy has another leap similar to his freshman to sophomore year, IU will be a great team.

  • Bill

    Awesome. Be fun to watch next year.

  • Joe Bolinger

    The team is starting to really take shape. Now for a little luck..

  • Drew

    He is going to be a lottery pick next year. Good decision on his part and excellent news as he is going to be dynamite for us next season.

  • HoosierMitch

    Best choice he could make. Work hard over the summer on his shot, and he could end up in the upper part of the draft in 2016

  • Shaggy_C

    Hopefully he can spend his summer at the Jordy Hulls Shooting Academy, because if he gets that jump shot to the point where it is near-automatic he will be unstoppable next year!

  • Ron Swanson


  • Bill

    He may be unstoppable anyway. We will have good size. 6’10, 2x 6’9, 3×6’8″, guards and Collin lights out shooting. Troy cAn out back dunk and baseline dunk as teams try to block out Bryant and the guards. Man. Could be special next year.

    If we can get to the 3 man recruiting every year instead of 5 or 6. Crean can really bring em in. Be a little picky.

  • Bk39

    I think Troy will be really really good next year, his improvements From his 1st year was outstanding and he added a reliable three point shot toward the end of this year. Defense defense defense.

  • Michael Crawley

    The BEAST is back! TW will be a Lottery Pick

  • SCHoosier

    Great decision for everyone concerned. Thank you Uncle Boo for the great mentoring you are doing with nephew Troy!

  • Speed

    A wise decision! Good news for Troy and IU. He needs to work on his 3 pt shooting as kickouts should be coming. Combined with his driving ability will make Williams deadly!

  • Bill Graham

    Attention on Bryant and the perimeter should open up the baseline for Troy. Best case scenario: a top 15 draft pick. worst case scenario:…injury. Troys my boy! I’m looking for averages somewhere around 16 and 8 (and yes 8 even with Bryant).

  • HoosierDawg

    Hard to dissuade a kid who just has his heart set on playing pro ball. But the difference between 2nd round money and top half of first round is enormous. I really think TWhas it in him to become a lottery pick. Vic’s path is the perfect template. Welcome back, Troy!

  • Max

    Great decision by Troy! If he can improve the jumper and become a lock-down defender, he has top-10 potential.

  • Fantastic. Would be great if he became a lock-down defender, snatching 2 steals/game, too. Keep working on that shot. Troy is going to be a star.

    The question: Troy > Sir Victor, or Sir Victor > Troy? He has about one year to answer that question himself, definitively.

  • Lance76

    Completely agree with your comment on balance on court. Pick your poison. Last year revealed great shooting with court spread, but balance was poor because lack of true inside threat. Bring the defense up to offense level and VALUE the ball.

  • Michael Rizzo

    I’ve said it a few times, but his athleticism and development reminds me of Oladipo’s. If he can work as hard as VO over the summer he has the potential to get a degree in three AND be a 1st round pick. I’m pretty excited to see what he is
    capable of.

  • IU track Alumni

    And the off season momentum continues. Glad to have you another year Troy!

  • cooper

    a guy with the talent to be as good as he wants

  • Henry

    That’s good But Mr Turnovers needs to take Care of the ball

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I think the biggest comparison through year two besides the athletic ability is that VO was still playing somewhat out of control and being bad VO in certain spots just like TW last year! All of the sudden in his junior year VO put it all together mentally on the floor as well and his basketball IQ seemed to take over and eliminate the dumb mistakes. TW has shown some flashes of basketball IQ and seeing the court. He may be a better passer than VO. If his brain kicks in and starts to outweigh the pure athleticism I actually think his ceiling is higher than VO by a slight margin!

  • Alan

    Yogis ceiling is a back up PG Aaron brooks or D.J. Augustin esk. He’s gotta come back.

  • I think TW shed that nickname by the middle of the season.

  • Okay, I’m daydreaming a little. Imagine a starting lineup of Yogi, JBJ, TW, TM, and TB. RJ, EH, HMP off the bench. Gives me chills, I’ll tell you.

  • IU track Alumni

    Wow once again people shedding their negativity to a good moment. Thanks for your useless comment.

  • TomJameson

    At the end of his sophomore season Victor was a great defensive player. That’s the biggest difference between the two.

  • marcusgresham

    Troy will be the leading rebounder of all returning players in the B1G (7.3 rpg.) He finished 4th behind Dawson, Kaminsky, and White.
    #10 on the returning list (and possibly higher depending on the decisions of Dekker, Hammons, Russell, Hayes,)—James Blackmon. Blackmon at 6’4″ (giggle, snort, at that measurement,) was 20th in the conference in rebounding.
    Hanner finished 37th.

  • Bled4IU

    I know, doesn’t it give you a head ache, it does to me. Life can be so much more when you look at it being half full, instead of half empty!

  • Michael Rizzo

    Agree-there were so many times that VO would punt a pass to the scorers table or the 6th row and then between So and Jr. year something snapped and rather than trying to muscle through a bad situation found the extra outlet or another lane and opened up a ton of scoring. I also think TW could be better, wouldn’t that be something.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I disagree. I think his floor is having a solid pro career overseas. His ceiling could be as high as Kyle Lowry, Ty Lawson, Isaiah Thomas (current player) or Eric Bledsoe. I don’t get why people are so low on Yogi as an NBA point guard. Look what he’s done at IU. If he keeps improving I wouldn’t be surprised to see him leading an NBA team in 5 years.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Also Collin Hartman… Hopefully (though not likely) Devin Davis as well.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    excited for next season already. hoping and praying we don’t have an offseason like last year’s.

  • This is another example of Troy’s growing maturity. I look forward to him taking a co-leadership role with Yogi and doing great things 2015-16. And I think they’ll have a Blast doing it.

  • millzy32

    Never a doubt. Not really sure why it is worth a story though. The real story would have been if he made a bad decision to go pro. Great to have him next year but leaving for the NBA in his case would have been silly at this point. He’s not ready yet. Hopefully he shows some improvement next year and is draft ready after the season. Then if he stays it will be a real story.

  • MK

    It is really just an announcement. What do you want them to do, not report it?

  • millzy32

    I get that but who really honestly thought he was going pro? To me this really is a non-event. Sorry I just have seen way to many threads on the pay site about oh goodness what if Troy goes pro? Really? It was never happening.

  • MK

    apparently Troy thought he might go pro, which is why people were worried

  • Alan

    Don’t get me wrong Yogi is the man and I hope he stays. Only thing is very very very few 6 footers get a shot at the league, let alone make an impact.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Most of the guys I listed above are at or below 6ft.


    Now all we have to do is get Crean to start and consistently play at least two of them at the same time. Two true bigs with TW at the 3 is a way to compete for the B1G title, B1G tournament title and a way to make very possibly a FF or better appearance, TW as the other big is a way to just improve on the total number of wins. No small feat when one considers Crean’s offensive philosophy, but then again he has to realize and remember that the best success he has had since he arrived is when he played the kind of lineup that I’m talking about.


    Glad I scrolled down just a little bit further to see your comment or else I would have been duplicating your comment.

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    And Zeisloft the 3-pt specialist. Don’t forget NZ.

  • Yes, golly, how’d I forget CH and NZ? Although I see CH getting more minutes than NZ, who’s maybe a little one-dimensional. As for DD, I just want him to recover and live a full life, and for him to play basketball again if that’s what he wants (which it probably is). I’m not going to worry about how much he can contribute to the team at this point.