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Grant Williams will enter NBA Draft, leaving door open for potential return

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.

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.

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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10 Comments for Grant Williams will enter NBA Draft, leaving door open for potential return



  1. Mathlete
    12:20 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Rocky Flop, you’ll always be
    A second round draftee
    Good ol Rocky Flop
    Stuck in the Sweet 16



  2. az1006
    12:21 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    God, I hope he stays in the draft. I can’t deal with another year of his constant flopping and whining. And that’s what I don’t understand. He seems like a very intelligent, genuinely great kid when he’s doing interviews and things like that. But, on the court, he is the absolute worst kinda player: one that resorts to bush-league nonsense, and is talented enough not to.



  3. CATandMONKEY
    12:25 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Best to keep his options open; just in case he flops in the NBA.



  4. recliner coach
    12:32 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Way too soft, he is going to really get knocked and not get the call. He Has talent doesnt need to rely on flopping. Pros will tell him to get his azz up everything he shoots and falls down.



  5. Cokely53
    12:52 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    This guy is what he is. His stock can’t really improve by coming back but he’s not a first round pick. Only decision he has is if he wants to get to the D league this year or next. Heck if he comes back he could play himself out of the draft. Especially since his team will be lacking the talent they had this year and he gets exposed.



  6. Jiminy Crickets
    1:14 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    So he could flip flop his decision?



    • KYJelly
      3:54 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

      He should stay on he draft. It’s a weak draft this year, it won’t be next. Barnes & Co need to do what’s best for Grant



  7. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    2:26 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    With what UT is losing he’ll be double teamed all year and will get his draft stock diminished if he returns.



  8. Smyrna_Cat
    3:25 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    I keep trying to read this article, but my laptop keeps flopping shut and making this awful whining sound.