The floppiest flopper to ever flop is flopping his way through the NBA Draft process.
According to Grant Ramey of GoVols247.com, Tennessee junior forward Grant Williams will put his name in the upcoming NBA Draft, but will leave the door open for a potential return.
Grant Williams is going through the NBA Draft process, testing the waters but not closing the door on a potential return for his senior season
— @GrantRamey (@GrantRamey) April 9, 2019
After strongly considering an offer from UCLA, Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes reportedly spoke with Williams “three or four” times yesterday about the benefits of going through the draft process. With his decision to turn down the Bruins and return to Knoxville, Williams said it makes things “easier” for him.
“I let him know that I trust him,” he said, via Ramey. “He’s never been a guy that is about himself.”
Five-star Tennessee signee Josiah James has also reached out to Williams multiple times about returning to school.
“He’s been texting me throughout the year (recruiting him to come back),” Williams said. “I expect him to continue to do that.”
Williams, a back-to-back SEC Player of the Year recipient, averaged 18.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game this past season. In three games against Kentucky, the 6-foot-7 forward out of Charlotte, NC averaged 20 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per contest.