West Virginia’s Devin Williams declares for NBA draft, reportedly to hire agent

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Devin Williams and his goggles are turning pro.

West Virginia release:

West Virginia University junior forward Devin Williams announced today that he will make himself available for the 2016 NBA draft.

“This is something I’ve thought about over and over, and I believe that this is the best decision for me and my family,” said Williams. “I can’t say enough about the three years I have had at West Virginia University. At the same time, I’m grateful to be in this position to be able to fulfill a lifelong dream.”

“We support Devin in his decision to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a professional basketball player,” said coach Bob Huggins. “We wish him nothing but the best and appreciate his contributions and the impact that he has had on Mountaineer Basketball.”

Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com:

https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/714801122968477696

Williams is unlikely to get drafted. Hopefully, he’ll be pleased earning a market-level salary overseas rather than merely accepting the NCAA’s cartel rate. By the time someone plays three years in college, that’s often the case.

A strong 6-foot-9 power forward, Williams embraces contact to good effect on both ends of the floor. But it will be harder for him to bully bigger and more athletic foes in the NBA. Plus, he neither spaces the floor nor protects the rim effectively. That’s a tough sell for a power forward.

A team might take a chance on Williams as a hustle player in the second round – but I wouldn’t bet on it.