Going in the second round of the NBA Draft was not what Louis Williams expected when he declared himself eligible earlier this season.
Williams told the Macon Telegraph's Josh Kendall in April that "a select few people in my inner circle who are in constant contact with general managers and head coaches in the NBA" were telling him he stood a good chance to be selected in the first round.
Williams signed with Georgia in 2004 even though speculation was that he might jump to the NBA. Soon thereafter, he showed more and more interest in going to the NBA rather than playing for the Bulldogs.
In May, Williams made it official – he made himself eligible for the NBA Draft. But Williams protected himself by not signing with an agent at that time. Not signing meant that Williams could still go to Georgia if he did not like where he was drafted.
Not signing with an agent appeared to be a good decision.
In the weeks leading up to the Draft, Williams' stock continued to go downward. According to Scout.com, Williams "struggled in individual workouts" while training for the Draft. Shortly thereafter he pulled out of the Chicago pre-draft camp. That move left Scout.com's Chris Monter puzzled.
"By playing in Chicago, he could have at least tried to prove he can play point guard," said Monter.
Point guard is a likely position for Williams in the NBA. At 6-2 Williams is one of the shortest prospects in this year's NBA Draft – he was the smallest high school player available. After dropping out of Chicago, Williams then closed the door on any chance of playing for the Bulldogs when he signed with Bill Duffy and Associates Sports Management. Williams' signing with an agent means that he will not play at Georgia.
When Williams was finally chosen as the 15th pick of the second round, ESPN's panel shook their heads.
"Who is advising these kids?" ranted ESPN's Dick Vitale. "The reason these kids are sliding (to the second round) is because they are not first round players. These kids are getting bad information," said ESPN's Jay Bilas.
"My heart goes out to him," added ESPN's Stephen A. Smith after Williams was selected.
Only about 25% of second round draftees make NBA rosters according to NBA.com. Also, Williams' NBA contract will not be guaranteed. If Williams does not make the 76ers' roster, the League's NBDL development league seems to be a likely destination.