Vols Grant Williams to enter NBA Draft, leaves option open to return to Tennessee


Two-time defending SEC Player of the Year Grant Williams held a press conference Tuesday where he announced he will enter the NBA Draft but will leave the option open to return to Tennessee for his senior season.

“This process helps me gather information as a player and to find out what I need to do to improve,” said Williams. “I will go through this process trying to gather as much information as possible because it is a win-win scenario in both ways.”

Williams said Tuesday he will utilize the new rules that allow him to hire an agent.

Williams has been one of the nation’s best all-around players this year, averaging 19.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 steals per game. 

He was the latest Tennessee player to address his future. Last week, the Vols point guard and AP 2019 ALL-SEC Second Teamer Jordan Bone released a video saying he has declared for the 2019 NBA Draft. 

The Charlotte, North Carolina, native has been named SEC Player of the Year and a first-team All-SEC performer—both for the second straight season. He has also been named a finalist for the 2019 Citizen Naismith Trophy Men’s Player of the Year Award.

He was also named to the SEC Community Service Team, SEC All-Tournament Team, United States Basketball Writers Association District IV Player of the Year and is a first-team All-American by Sporting News and the USBWA.

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