Troy Williams entering NBA draft, will not hire an agent

  • 04/11/2016 1:51 pm in

Indiana junior forward Troy Williams will declare for the 2016 NBA draft, but will not hire an agent, it was announced on Monday afternoon.

The news was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

“After much thought and family discussion, I’ve decided to declare for this year’s NBA Draft but will not hire an agent,” Williams said in a statement. “This gives me the opportunity to explore future possibilities, while keeping my options open. Coach (Tom) Crean is always supportive and makes sure that you have the best information to help you make a decision like this and I value his input. I’m excited to go through this process.”

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

By not hiring an agent, Williams will have the option to participate in next month’s combine in Chicago (May 11-15) and also work out for teams but still return to school next season.

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 recently that Williams could go anywhere from the late first round to the second round if he entered the draft.

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 next month from Indiana with a bachelor’s degree in recreational sports management.

Indiana freshman Thomas Bryant has already announced that he would be returning to Bloomington for his sophomore season.

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  • Outoftheloop

    I am not sure but I think that is one try-out for any one team, not one total workout.

  • Outoftheloop

    Come on Ole Man, we know much about what to expect from those three, they have played! Are there any guarantees that they will play as well or better than prior to their injuries, of course not! But we know more than Coach Cal “knows” about any of his freshmen, and they will be ranked in the top 5 just as the KY team of 2015-16 was. But IU ended up #9 and KY was 14-16.

  • Outoftheloop

    The days of Bob Knight and Bob Hummel are gone. No “beat reporter” or person “near the program” knows c_ap about the future performance of Troy as this process plays out. For you to give these bogus % figures is ludicrous!

  • Outoftheloop

    But each NBA team has dozens of scouts. So this opinion of one scout, by itself, means nothing.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Really? That is coming from his uncle who must have numerous or many NBA contacts to make that statement. Quodos for Boo Williams and Tom Crean. Thanks for that Koko.

  • I agree. Really he didn’t announce much, just that is going through the process..
    I mean I guess he could’ve definitively announced he’s leaving, but all he really said is he’s exploring his options.. We all knew that didn’t we?

  • I’m betting he does, but he’s probably not quite as enthusiastic as he would be on a more normal ‘high five’. This did make me laugh out loud…

  • I agree with all of this, except it really isn’t a ‘decision’. I mean didn’t se all know he would probably do this. I thought he was going to announce ‘staying.. or going’.

  • Sarasota Hoosier

    Thanks, very subjective

  • CreamandCrimson

    I don’t know why it is ludicrous to think that people close to the situation may hear things or see things that others are not privy to and I have no clear what Bob Knight and/or Bob Hammel have to do with anything but I’ve been commenting on this site for the better part of five years and I know that you speak in absolutes and absolutely love to tell people they are “WRONG!” or “ludicrous!”…I happen to think people have opinions and just because those opinions are different than your own doesn’t make them wrong or an idiot.

    My response to the original post explaining that I didn’t have a clue what would happen and I don’t think any decision was made either way was held for approval and never posted for some reason. I guess that is ITH’s way of telling me to leave this topic here and carry on. Have a nice day Loop and you’re correct, I am ludicrous for even engaging the original post.

  • BL

    Yes, one per team per year.

  • Ole Man

    Is your employment position “non-negotiable.”
    How about your status in the community.
    How about your marriage (if you’re married.)
    Sorry, but “non-negotiable” reeks.
    I’m sure you expect to be treated as a human being.
    Yet, you leave no room for athletes on scholarship at IU to be treated the same.

  • Ole Man

    I don’t get your point.
    One scout says 80s; another late first round to second round or out of the draft.
    You can’t discard one because it doesn’t fit your narrative.

  • Ole Man

    OG and Morgan have given no indication that they are ready to average 13-14 pts a game and grab 6 boards.
    Nor have they shown that they can open the game up for other players based simply on the threat of their athleticism.
    Love OG and Morgan. But you underestimate the positive impact Troy has had on the program.

  • Ole Man

    You say it yourself: no guarantees on how the injured will play upon return.
    You also ignore the Yogi factor.
    Cal and his team have nothing to do with this discussion.

  • Kyl470

    Yeah. I thought it was announced shortly after the UNC loss that he was going to test the waters. I guess we will all be waiting to see what happens after the combine to see if he is coming back or not.

  • Fifer39

    Not treating them as human beings by expecting some hard work to be on scholarship playing D1 hoops? Really?? Not quite sure how this escalated to there! I expect no more of IU athletes than is expected of me and I trust millions of others in their jobs. My employment position is completely ‘negotiable’ if I don’t work hard enough! And yes, I’m sure my wife would say the same is required of me in our marriage – although I could try harder, lol!

  • Ivy Walls

    Troy’s problem was and remains he plays too fast, meaning out of control. His speed and athleticism is a huge asset in the game where few if any can stay with him but an opposing team can set a defense to put him in bad spots or make bad decisions as we have noted in Bad Troy. It is time for him to move forward, he will graduate and his stock is as high as it will ever be. OG, Hartman and Morgan can make positive plays at the 3/4 spot in his stead. Looking for Davis to add more to the 4/5 though without Max (to me the biggest loss) Davis will probably spell Bryant. (Wish Holt was still around dammit). Morgan will probably go 3/4/5.

    Hope he gets a low first round pick.

  • Don’t know how many on here, read Inside Indiana 247 Sports, but there was a very interesting article on Boo Williams discussing to pros and cons of Troy’s decision, not gonna go through all of it here, but he gave some very good reasons why it would make sense for Troy to return one more year.. He also gave one for why it may not be quite as good, but he really sounded pretty positive on the return side. By the way, NONE of them had anything to do with Troy’s gotten as far as he can go under IU coaching or at the collegiate level.. Had to throw that in for all the morons on here that have posted CTC has ‘topped out’ in his ability to improve Troy’s game…

  • Ole Man

    “non negotiable” is to treat them as non-human.
    You admitted you not only expected but received leeway.
    Why would it be any different for them?
    Stop projecting some “need” onto them.
    They’re human, fifer.
    Try and act like that instead of projecting that they are some object.

  • cooper

    Smart move. I think no he’s gone. Someone will take a low 1st or early 2nd. He will be a workout warrior with his athleticism. Problem is his defense, shooting and handle but a coach will think he can fix it. I’m not sure how much better he can get but some one will buy he can still get a lot better

  • Fifer39

    You’ve completely lost me now. FFS all I said was I expected a decent work ethic to be non-negotiable for a scholarship athlete. Wonder how much time RMK spent negotiating how hard players would work? In terms of my job I was trying to say I’d be negotiating a new job if my effort wasn’t up to scratch but I accept I probably didn’t express that too clearly. But as for the rest of the pyschobabble…’non-human’ and ‘objects’? Are you for real?!

  • Also, I think some people underestimate (or completely ignore) TW’s impact on leadership next year. He’d be a senior and I think would be a team leader (if not _the_ team leader) providing a good deal of what we’ll lose with Yogi’s graduation. I don’t think TW will be back, but I do hope he is.

  • TomJameson

    Ken, I’m getting a little late coming back to this thread but I just had to say that I agree with you about Troy “topping out”. If anybody thinks TW has topped out on his talent, or that CTC can’t teach Troy anything else, that person isn’t quite thinking clearly (trying to stay nice here … lol).

    A lot of what Troy needs to do to improve is to just practice what he does. Continue to improve his shot (practice), continue to improve his ball handling (practice dribbling drills), continue to improve his decision making (practice his midrange), and just overall continue to work hard to improve his game. I see absolutely no reason why practice and hard work can’t improve anybody’s game, and Troy has demonstrated his ability to work hard.

    And yes, CTC hasn’t reached his limits on teaching Troy. THAT is a ludicrous thought. Hahahaha

  • Ole Man

    Excellent observation!
    I hadn’t considered his leadership aspect and I think you’re 100% on the money!
    Yes; I so much want him to come back.