Indiana’s Troy Williams plans to enter NBA draft

Troy Williams shoots a layup in the first round of the NCAA tournament. (Getty Images)
Troy Williams shoots a layup in the first round of the NCAA tournament. (Getty Images)

Indiana junior forward Troy Williams, a potential first-round pick, plans to enter the 2016 NBA draft without immediately hiring an agent.

Williams will explore his draft standing before committing to stay in the June 23 NBA draft, sources said. Once a player signs with an agent, he is no longer eligible to return to college basketball.

“Troy has made great improvements over the last three seasons, and none more so than the last three months,” Indiana coach Tom Crean told The Vertical on Monday. “Troy’s ability to impact a game on both ends is improved so much because of his defense, his decision-making – and his shooting continues to get better and better. He made six 3-pointers in all of his sophomore year, and then five in our NCAA tournament game against North Carolina.

"Troy has become much more detail-oriented and his leadership on the floor this year was noticeable to many, especially when it came to helping his young teammates understand what they were doing. Troy has continued to raise his game, because he has continued to raise his level of intensity and clarity in practice. All this bodes very well for his future."

Williams, an explosive wing player, could work his way into the late first round with strong workouts, but most NBA executives told The Vertical that he’s a second-round pick now.

Williams, who is 6-foot-7, has steadily improved for the Hoosiers. He averaged 13.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, two assists and shot 51.3 percent from the field this past season.

He helped lead Indiana to the Big Ten regular-season title and an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16.

Indiana is expected to return a preseason top-10 team next year.

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