Maryland sophomore center Jordan Williams has decided to submit his name for the NBA draft, university official confirmed Tuesday.
Williams, who led the Terps in scoring (16.9 points per game) and rebounding (11.8 per game) this season, does not plan to hire an agent, leaving open the possibility to reneging on his decision after being evaluated by pro scouts and returning to College Park for his junior year.
But if Williams follows through and turns pro, it would represent a major blow to the Terrapins, who struggled to a 19-14, 7-9 record this season despite his single-season school-record 25 double-doubles in 33 games. After finishing seventh in the ACC standings, Maryland failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament or National Invitational Tournament for the first time in 17 years.
“We support Jordan in his efforts to see where he stands in regards to the NBA draft,” Coach Gary Williams said in a statement.
The NBA draft is June 23. Underclassmen who declare early have until May 8 to withdraw their names and retain their college eligibility.
Maryland’s star guard Greivis Vasquez did just that after his junior year, submitting his name for the NBA to test his prospects and then withdrawing to return for a fourth season. Vasquez ultimately was picked in the first-round of the 2010 NBA draft after a four-year college career.
“I’m excited about testing the waters and seeing where I would be,” said the 6-10 Williams in the statement. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play at the next level. This will give me an opportunity to get feedback from some NBA coaches and scouts on what parts of my game need improvement in order to be successful.”