Source: Williams will hire agent

Updated: April 12, 2010, 10:46 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Memphis sophomore Elliot Williams will declare for the NBA draft and hire an agent, a source with direct knowledge of the situation said Monday night.

Williams averaged 17.9 points per game to lead the Tigers after transferring from Duke last summer. He was allowed to play immediately after being awarded a hardship waiver due to a family illness.

Williams is projected as a first-round pick in the June 24 NBA draft. Underclassmen have until April 25 to declare and May 8 to withdraw under a new NCAA rule.

Williams' departure is offset by second-year coach Josh Pastner's top recruiting class. Pastner signed the No. 1 recruiting class according to ESPN's Scouts Inc., led by Will Barton and Joe Jackson.

Andy Katz is a senior writer who covers college basketball for ESPN.com.

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