Grant Williams will 'test the waters' with NBA draft

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- One day after his head coach turned down an offer from UCLA Grant Williams announced that he will enter the NBA Draft, but a return to Tennessee for his senior year is still on the table.

“I want go into the process with an open mind and make the most informed decision possible," Williams said in a news conference Tuesday.

Projected by many as a late first-round pick, the two time SEC Player of the Year will test his NBA draft stock following a solid performance in the 2018-19 season in which Williams was named a finalist for the Naismith Player of the Year Award.

The NBA Draft is set for June 20th, Williams can go through the draft process and withdraw from the draft before May 29th while still retaining his last year of eligibility at Tennessee. Wiliams said he will sign an agent to help him make the most informed decision.

Williams follows Vols point guard Jordan Bone into the NBA Draft process, Bone announced his decision last week. Williams emphasized, however, Bone's choice will not affect his.

"I'm going to go through the process for myself," he said.

Williams averaged 18.8 points per game and 7.5 rebounds this season, his season-high point total of 43 came in late January against Vanderbilt. The accolades for Williams in 2019 included being named a NCAA Unanimous First Team All-American, All-SEC First Team, SEC All-Tournament team, and many others.

Williams stressed he'll be happy regardless of the outcome.

"No matter what, it's a win-win," he said.