The Indiana men's basketball program announced Monday that junior forward Troy Williams will declare for the NBA Draft but not hire an agent, allowing him the opportunity to return for his senior and final year of eligibility. The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news Monday afternoon.
“After much thought and family discussion, I’ve decided to declare for this year’s NBA Draft but will not hire an agent,” Williams said in a statement. “This gives me the opportunity to explore future possibilities, while keeping my options open. Coach Crean is always supportive and makes sure that you have the best information to help you make a decision like this and I value his input. I’m excited to go through this process.”
Williams finished as the Hoosiers' third-leading scorer this season, averaging 13.3 points per game. He also averaged 5.8 rebounds per game and finished with a team-high 39 steals.
Ultimately, this was too good of an opportunity to pass up for Williams, who is on track to graduate next month with a degree in Rec Sports Management.
The NBA Draft Combine is May 11-15 in Chicago. With the new rules passed this year, Williams has until May 25 to remove his name from consideration since he declared but did not hire an agent. Thus, Williams will be able to go through the pre-draft process and get feedback but still has the option to return to school for his final year of eligibility if he so chooses.