Tennessee junior forward Grant Williams has announced that he will be entering the 2019 NBA Draft, but he will be leaving the door open to play his senior year at Tennessee if he chooses to stay at Knoxville.
Williams has won consecutive SEC Player of the Year awards, becoming the second player in SEC history to do so. (Arkansas’s Corliss Williams accomplished this in the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons) He was also named to the 2019 AP 1st Team All-American along with Duke’s Zion Williamson and RJ Barret, Murray State’s Ja Morant, and Michigan State’s Cassius Winston.
The 6’7″ North Carolina native averaged 18.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 3.2 assists over the course of the 2018-19 season. In an overtime win against Vanderbilt, Williams scored 43 points and shot 100% from the stripe, going 23-23.
Fellow teammate Jordan Bone has already declared for the NBA Draft. Bone stated, “there is always a chance” he might stay at Tennessee, but he has resolved he will stay in the draft unless something drastic occurs.
Should he choose to remain in the draft, Williams would be an instant contributor to any team that selects him, giving the team good minutes off the bench or as a starter.
Should Williams chose to remain Tennessee, he has a chance to become the first ever player in SEC history to win three consecutive SEC Player of the Year Awards. He can step up as a leader to provide wisdom and encourage to the younger players. Also, he would really make every Volunteers fan’s day if he elected to stay at Rocky Top.