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Potential lottery pick to return to Texas A&M

Texas A&M’s Robert Williams must really love school because today he announced he will return for his sophomore season in College Station.

Considered a potential lottery pick in this summer’s draft, Williams made his decision before testing the NBA waters, which seems odd. Billy Kennedy must’ve made a really good sales pitch to get him to return.

Williams averaged 11.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in his 2016-17 breakout season.

I don’t really understand this move, but who am I to judge?

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

27 Comments for Potential lottery pick to return to Texas A&M



  1. TBW3011
    1:23 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    I thought he was a freshman this year? Not as good and not as much upside as I thought if he will be a junior.



  2. LolAtThis
    1:25 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    I under$tand completely



  3. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    1:25 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    Loaded draft….higher draft spot if he waits a year.



  4. KTR2786
    1:31 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    Huge risk; hope he’s got a good insurance policy.



  5. catsarerunnin
    1:34 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    Johnny Manziel advised him to stay.



  6. WeepNoMore
    1:47 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    Could it possibly be that he enjoys school and places a high value on his education???? Not very common in the rat race to the NBA, but not unheard of!!!



    • KTR2786
      2:10 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

      You can always go back to school. You can’t always get millions up front on a contract. Better to take the money and use for education later if you want.



    • JusSayin
      2:29 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

      You can literally go to NBA and without even having to un-enroll from school. Lots of guys continue their education it just takes a little longer than it would have because you are taking less credit hours.

      It would be wise for schools that have frequent early leavers to create an online/summer program to help them continue their education. UK has already started this which is why a lot of those guys are on campus during the summer.



  7. ClutchCargo
    2:02 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    If we are going to insist that no one should judge young men for going pro early, we should not judge them for choosing to stay in school. I know you threw in the “who am I to judge” comment at the end, but there was quite a bit of judgment above that.



    • symphonist41169
      2:19 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

      Well said!



    • Wakecrash
      6:14 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

      Seems odd though, did those he trust at A&M give him advice that was in A&Ms interest or his? You would think if A&M was focused on his career, he would have at least tested the waters.



  8. az1006
    2:07 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    I selfishly wanted him gone because he’s legit. But good on him if he thinks this is best for him (and given the loaded draft class, it probably is).



  9. Blue Jesus
    2:14 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    So long as he didn’t feel pressured into this situation by those who might have ulterior motives, I’m glad he stayed. AND it will only help the SEC and, by extension, Kentucky.



  10. blackmilk23
    2:33 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    This year’s draft is top heavy. A potential lottery pick in this year’s draft could easily be a Top 10 pick next year. Which means more guaranteed money.

    Of course when you come back scouts will pay more attention to the flaws in your game and be less enamored by what you can do.



  11. secrick
    2:39 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    He was pressured to stay . Not one of you guys would turn down millions for a college education.



    • UkfanMatt
      9:49 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      Pressured? What were they gonna do, cancel his birthday party if he went pro? If he goes pro, what can A&M do to pressure him? Maybe he made the decision which he felt was right.



  12. Realme
    2:44 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    He should have at least tested the waters, so that when he is ready, it won’t be his first rodeo. Seems like anyone who doesn’t at least get that experience and feedback is listening to potentially selfish advice.



    • RealCatsFan
      3:10 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

      Exactly! Why not go through the evaluation process anyway? The feedback on what areas he needs to improve would be very valuable. The NCAA has made this possible – who in their right mind with no manipulation would pass on this?



  13. bbnboy2012
    4:38 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    Don’t understand why this is surprising to anyone? Loyalty is clearly the most important trait to to Robert.



  14. Jiminy Crickets
    5:18 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    Im not sure why this is surprising. It happens at every school, except us. Kansas, Duke, UNC, and Arizona will all return guys that have a chance to be “first rounders”. We however will send our 3 guys, plus 1 or two that have no business going (cough Briscoe cough), and probably a kid that has never even played a college game



    • catsarerunnin
      6:18 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah I mean look at all the championships Kansas and Arizona has won….



    • Eazy
      6:33 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

      Kansas has sent a lot of busts to the league who should have come back. Diallo, Henry, Selby. Cant think of any that came back. Also, Terrence Jones came back to UK and won a title. And the Harrison’s…WCS. UK has also has much more success than Kansas.



  15. njcat54
    6:24 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    So true. Cal’s primary pitch is his track record getting guys to the NBA. Consequently, he only attracts guys who have zero interest in college. So they go whether they’re ready or not. Only exception are KY kids that have an affiliation for the program.

    This works as long as you’re getting the very best of the best. But Cal is missing on most of these kids lately.



    • Eazy
      6:35 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

      What?! Monk, Fox, and Bam were all the best of the best. And next years class in ranked number 1 by far! How’s Duke doing this year btw?!



  16. 8xchamp
    6:47 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    He may like school but he isn’t to smart about money.



    • bbnboy2012
      7:08 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

      You aint too yourself cuh



    • bbnboy2012
      7:09 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

      You aint too smart yourself cuh