“Jordan Williams is a banger, a rebounder,” said Nets’ coach Avery Johnson on the Nets’ Web site. “Rebounding is a big part of finishing your defense, and we were around 15 in defensive rebounding last year, and that’s not good enough. So we feel we’ve addressed some needs.”
Some topics for tonight:
—Interview with Keith Stevens Coach of Team takeover
—Interview with Jordan Williams
—Review of entire John Tillman / Navy / Maryland Story
—Much More Terp News
Apparently Jordan had requested incompletes from his teachers, and he lingered on the decision for months. I tend to believe his story because Coach Williams always seemed to be waiting for the decision.
It makes sense. Shaq is just about finished and within 2 years the Celts will have to pay Big Baby big money. Thus, 1 million per year or so for Jordan to develop into a NBA rebounder is nothing. Pierce, Ray Allen, and KG each make in the $20 million area per year. At this point look for Jordan to be a late first round pick.
The Washington Post is reporting that Jordan Williams has opted to hire an agent and will definitely enter the NBA Draft. Keith Cavanaugh had said on Terp talk last month that it was a “fait accompli” whether Jordan would be a first round pick or not. With the return of the 3 Carolina potential first picks the likelihood of Jordan being selected in the late 1st greatly incresed. Much more tomorrow and saturday on Terp Talk –Baltimore and Terp Talk –DC.
from Jeff Barker’s article in the Sun:
Smith: “He is rolling the dice to leave his name in, as not every scout we speak with projects him in the first round. He would benefit from (another) year at Maryland, but he appears to be prepared to attempt the jump to the next level. Williams impressed this year with his offensive development and dominant interior play. He shows a solid shooting form and developing post skills. He also shows the dedication to improve as seen in his body transformation between his sophomore and junior seasons. He still needs to continue to trim down and tone his body and improve his cardio. Dropping an additional 10-15 pounds would make him lighter on his feet and give him better mobility defensively. He also should be shooting at a much higher rate from the line considering his solid form.”
Quote from Gary Williams :”I fully expect Jordan to come back because of the lockout possibility,” Gary Williams said. “No one knows anything about the draft right now except the NBA. They’re the guys that are going to draft their players. With a lockout as a possibility, it’ll be interesting to see how the process of the draft takes place. I know the NFL is going ahead with their draft, but the NBA, all sources I have are saying this could be a hockey-type situation [when the NHL wiped out the 2004-05 season with a lockout].”
It’s almost like no one can believe it. If JW was going to be a clear cut first round pick nobody could blame him for leaving. But there is even some doubt as to whether he will be drafted at all. Remember the NBA draft is only a 2 round affair. A second round pick or a coplete blank would probably lead JW across the ocean to play in Europe. Thereis nothing wrong with that but………….A return to a much improved Terrapin team and a chance for real March Madness exposure would surely place Jordan in the top 15 or 20 players selected. No need to learn Italian. I just don’t see it.