After two standout seasons at Texas A&M, forward Robert Williams has reached his NBA dream.
Williams was drafted by the Boston Celtics with the 27th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday night. He had been projected as a late lottery pick heading into the event. Even after being projected as a first-round pick following his first year in College Station, he opted to return for another season.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Williams dropped in the draft because of concerns about his work ethic. DraftExpress reported that potential medical problems were also a reason for his drop.
Williams did not attend the draft in New York, instead opting to watch with his family in Louisiana.
A 6-foot-10 and 241-pound forward with explosive jumping ability who is a dangerous option on the fast break, Williams helped lead the Aggies to the Sweet 16 of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
While he displayed a lot of offensive potential and big plays, Williams made his mark on the SEC and the college basketball landscape with his defense.
For his sophomore season, Williams played in 30 games (23 starts) and averaged 10.4 points per game while shooting 59.1 percent from the field. He led the SEC with 9.2 rebounds per game and with 78 blocked shots overall, which was the second-highest total in Texas A&M history.
During the NCAA Tournament, he recorded his 18th career double-double in the Aggies’ first-round game. Then, although in a loss in the Sweet 16, Williams showed off his versatility with 12 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals in what would become his final collegiate game.
Williams racked up the postseason awards and honors during his time in College Station. He was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the SEC All-Defensive team in back-to-back seasons.
One of the main things Williams will have to improve upon in the NBA is his free-throw shooting. For his Aggies’ career, he shot just 54.1 percent.
Williams joins a handful of former SEC stars selected in the 2018 NBA Draft, including Collin Sexton from Alabama and Kevin Knox from Kentucky.