Getting a jump start in the G-League (formerly the NBA’s D-League) or abroad wouldn’t necessarily be a bad decision for him, but Ohio State senior guard Kam Williams’ pro career may have to wait a season.
According to Jon Rothstein, Thad Matta told him the Ohio State senior-to-be is removing his name from NBA Draft consideration and returning to school for his final year of eligibility. Williams had declared for the draft without hiring an agent.
Williams, however, denied Rothstein’s claim:
I have not withdrawn anything..— Kam Williams (@kd__will) May 1, 2017
Williams earlier tweeted “I have not made any moves if that's what y'all want, don't the old heads say ‘get it from the horses mouth’” as well as “Lol who are you guys' sources???? ” before later deleting those.
It’s unexpected Williams will receive an invite to the 2017 NBA Draft combine. Williams wasn’t a regular starter until the latter portion of the 2016-2017 season averaging just 9.4 points per game, 2.1 rebounds per contest, and an assist as well.
Back in Columbus for one more go, Williams would have a decent shot at reclaiming his starting role and if nothing else logging 35+ minutes a night on a team that can use his ability to stretch the perimeter.
The Columbus Dispatch’s Adam Jardy stated a conversation with Kam’s father suggested Williams may pull out of the draft yet.