“We support Jordan in his efforts to see where he stands in regards to the NBA Draft,” Gary Williams said in the canned press release.
Well, that’s vague. Luckily, Gary Williams was on ESPN 980 last week, where he was a bit more expansive in discussing Jordan Williams’s NBA prospects.
“First, I told Chrs Wilcox to go after his sophomore year,” Gary Williams said. “I told Joe Smith to go after his sophomore year, and I told Steve Francis to go when he played the one year for us, reason being that that kind of money at that level where you get drafted is something you can’t do with any other part of your life. You’re not gonna make that kind of money, and those guys have really been successful financially, they've done a good job with their money.
“In Jordan’s situation, I believe he needs another year....He had a great sophomore year -- in other words the leap he made from his freshman year to his sophomore year was incredible. To make first-team all-ACC, a couple third-team all-Americans is great, and he’s got a great college game. In other words, he’s able to bull his way to the basket a lot of times, he can get to the free-throw line, he did improve his free-throw shooting as the year went on.
“But at the same time, there’s still things to do in terms of a jump shot, in terms of getting better athletically before you hit that next level. Because we all watch the NBA, and you see who’s playing out there. I mean, those guys are just some of the greatest athletes in the world.”