Troy Williams signs summer league deal with Phoenix

  • 06/24/2016 2:03 pm in

Former Indiana forward Troy Williams, who went undrafted on Thursday night in the 2016 NBA draft at the Barclays Center, has agreed to a summer league deal with the Phoenix Suns.

The 6-foot-7 Williams, who left Indiana early for the NBA following his junior season, will have to play his way onto a roster without a guaranteed contract.

His opportunity will begin in July as he suits up for Phoenix in the Vegas summer league, which runs July 8-18 on the campus of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

Williams is the fourth player to leave Indiana to play professionally with eligibility remaining under Tom Crean, but the first to go undrafted by the NBA.

Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo were both lottery picks in 2013 and Noah Vonleh was a lottery pick in 2014.

In 99 carer games for the Hoosiers, Williams averaged 11.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

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  • Mike Sebeckis

    Phoenix seems crowded with a lot of rookies this summer. Best of luck to Troy on making the team.

  • inLinE6

    Unless he plays like a star in the summer, he probably has to go D-league route for a year.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Good to see he’s getting a shot! Now, if he could harness the Troy we all saw in that last game, he’s got a chance at sticking in the league.

    Here’s to hoping. Troy’s a good guy; I want to see him succeed.

  • David Macer

    Well done TW. Best of luck playing professional ball somewhere.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I just don’t understand the thinking for TW in staying in the draft. Nearly every projection had him at best a late 2nd round pick. He had to be hearing late 2nd round or undrafted from scouts. And I would be less bothered if TW had graduated in May. I realize he will likely graduate soon regardless, but he could have had an extra year to hone his skills, work his way into the 1st round (he has 1st round physical talent), and he could have gotten a post-graduate degree.
    Now, he is signed with a team that had 15000 draft picks, he likely will, at best, be a D-League player making approximately $30K year. It just seems like TW could have done better for himself. Even if he hadn’t stayed at IU, I would have recommended to him to play another year in college somewhere.

  • ForeverIU

    I frankly don’t think we needed him. We have a tremendous front court, and we and he needed to move on. With the talent we have, another year would have marginalized him and probably taken a toll on his confidence. Troy needs the structure of a career, and he needs to be self-reliant.

  • He could still play overseas. I could think of a much worse outcome than this, which basically means getting paid significantly more (than in the D-League) to play basketball and travel the world.

  • Troy needs to find his stride and it might take a bit of trial and error. If he can find the right situation and grow, maybe even develop into a different type of player altogether, I think he has a good shot at being really good. There is more to basketball than pure offense.

  • SCHoosier

    Good luck Troy. Re: returning to IU..not sure I could have spent another season watching the Hoosiers and holding my breath every time Troy touched the ball.

  • HardRockHoosier

    I also wish him all the luck in the world.. But I really don’t think, based upon his performance at the combine… Just don’t see him making it. he really played like the bad Troy according to the analysts reporting on the games.. He’ll likely have to try to make a team in Europe or overseas somewhere. I really don’t think all at onve a light is going to switch on and he will start playing well, under control and impress anyone in the D league. I hope that is not the case, but I really think that is more likely to happen than any other outcome.

  • MPmike B

    All Troy needs is a shot at a team that will give him the chance to flourish in the open court. With his athletic ability and skills, he will have a good chance to make it in the NBA, and he will be playing professionally for a long time at a high level.

  • Dunkin’ Depot

    Should have stayed his final year. What a tragic mistake. The pre-draft combine for undergraduates should be to get feedback and you actual listen to it and be introspective. Hard road ahead for this young man, where most just don’t make it….

  • puddingpudding

    He wouldn’t have raised his stock next year, and I think he knew it. Hard road? Sorry, but the guy is going to get to play professional basketball somewhere – likely Europe with likelihood he will catch on somewhere in NBA for a decent stint – 3-5 years as a reserve. I don’t know what other career paths could lay ahead for Troy, but I’d be willing to bet this even Europe, D-League, hopeful stint in NBA would be more more lucrative than other professional options he may have. All with no college debt. Might as well start earning it now.

  • Dunkin’ Depot

    I hope you are right. There has continue to improvement – decision making, ball handling, FG%, for that to be possible.

  • Dunkin’ Depot

    I also disagree that he couldn’t raise his stock. If he can’t demonstrate improvement in decision making, ball handling and FG% at the college level, how could he do so in Dleague or Europe? If there is concern his minutes will be at risk on a talented IU team, how will he rise to the top in a Dleague or Europe. Just not realistic…

  • papawglen

    I don’t think Troy made a mistake by leaving. He has been playing here for 3 years and has not learned to play under control. For some reason he doesn’t listen to scouts, coaches or anyone else. It’s all his fault that he isn’t near the player he should be. I wish him luck but I will be much more relaxed watching a great IU team play without him.Go IU!!!

  • sarge

    He will get 6 figures playing overseas. I don’t know how long he will try to make it to the NBA as the D-League doesn’t pay as well as other leagues worldwide. But I agree, he has a good future ahead of him whether or not he makes it here in the states.

  • After watching all of these developments with TW and Yogi, how many of you heave a sigh of relief when thinking of how TB rejected the draft completely? I say, thanks, TB, for sparing us a few weeks of nail biting!

  • Outoftheloop

    Good luck Troy!

  • Outoftheloop

    A salary of $30,000/yr in the D League is below almost all jobs for recent college grads. School teachers start at $40-45,000/yr. But Overseas (no longer just Europe) can pay well.

  • Outoftheloop

    Most pro teams are concerned with W’s and L’s, not giving first year players the best chance of showcasing their skills for “the next level”!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I kinda agree with you but I’m also looking at what he sacrificed by not staying. I believed that he was going to leave when his Mom went after CTC via Twitter after Maui. I think he should of stayed at IU.

  • puddingpudding

    Was Troy an education major? Trying to figure out how relevant. I have no idea what his potential professional skills may be outside of basketball. The guy is likely good enough to make a six figure salary overseas (Europe, Asia, whatever) if he chooses. My guess is, just my guess, that he will go that route. I’m also guessing, just my guess, is that he will do better financially than he would otherwise getting a “regular” job. So that’s not too “hard of road”. It ain’t NBA riches, but 99+% of people don’t make that kind of scratch.

  • TN Hoosier

    Go get ’em, Troy!

  • Outoftheloop

    I think that all of the talk about “6 figure” salaries overseas for undrafted first year pros is nonsense! So far out of all of the Indiana players to play overseas, the only one that I know is making 6 figures is Newton in Japan, where he is like Shaquille here in the US. Maybe DJ White did also, but he had 4-5 partial years in the NBA. $50,000-95,000 ok. But $150,000-550,000 you have to be an established really good pro to make. But it is hard to get good data on comparable salaries due to foreign currency exchange rates, foreign tax codes, required payments for national health insurance and mandatory retirement accounts, etc. Ask Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford, Verdell Jones, etc. about it, they would know.