Williams will return for junior season

Indiana's Troy Williams will return for his junior season, he announced Wednesday.

Indiana forward Troy Williams will return for his junior season, he announced Wednesday. Williams was projected by most to be a mid to late second round pick in the NBA Draft.

Williams averaged 13.0 points and 7.4 rebounds in 27.6 minutes per game as a sophomore last season. He shot 54 percent from the field and averaged 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals while turning it over 2.2 times per contest.

"I'm definitely coming back for my junior year at IU," Williams said in a statement. "I love my teammates and coaches and with continued work, I think we can accomplish so much. This is a special place and I can't wait to see our team grow over the coming months."

As we reported earlier today, Williams uncle -- AAU giant Boo Williams -- flew into Bloomington on Wednesday to discuss the decision with his nephew. They ultimately decided that returning to school was the right decision, especially given the talent the Hoosiers have coming in next year. Indiana landed a commitment from McDonalds All-American center Thomas Bryant over the weekend, making IU a likely preseason top 15 team.

“Troy is in the process of making continuous improvement in so many areas and is growing in his personal responsibility to living up to his vast potential and has come to the realization that the path he is on is beneficial to that growth and improvement,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said in a statement. “After extensive research, official feedback from the NBA and family support and guidance, Troy will remain at Indiana for his junior year. Personally, I am proud of how he has handled all of this as his work in school and on the court has not suffered one bit, in fact he has been even more focused. We have learned a lot through this process that can only help all of us to help his continual improvement."

Williams, a 6-foot-7 forward, could become a first-round pick if he improves his jump shot, ball handling, and continues to get stronger. His draft stock should only go up.

Sources told AllHoosiers.com that Yogi Ferrell is still very conflicted on his decision and that the NBA is still a real possibility. Stay tuned on that.

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