KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – One day after his head coach rejected an offer from UCLA, Grant Williams announced that he will enter the NBA Draft, but a return to Tennessee for his senior year is still on the table.
"I want to enter the process with an open mind and make the decision as informed as possible," Williams said at a news conference on Tuesday.
Projected by many as a last-round pick in the final round, the two-time SEC Player of the Year will test his NBA draft actions after a solid performance in the 2018-19 season in which Williams was named a finalist for the Naismith Player of the Year Award. .
The NBA Draft is scheduled for June 20, Williams can go through the draft process and retire from the draft before May 29 while still retaining his last year of eligibility in Tennessee. Wiliams said he will sign an agent to help him make the most informed decision.
Williams follows guard Vols Jordan Bone in the NBA draft process, Bone announced his decision last week. Williams emphasized, however, that Bone's election will not affect his.
"I will go through the process by myself," he said.
Williams averaged 18.8 points per game and 7.5 rebounds this season, his 43-point season total came at the end of January against Vanderbilt. The accolades for Williams in 2019 included being named as the NCAA All-American First Team, First All-SEC Team, SEC All-Tournament Team, and many others.
Williams emphasized that he will be happy no matter what the result.
"No matter what, it's a win-win," he said.