Williams to test draft instead of attending Georgia

Updated: May 4, 2005, 8:42 PM ET
Associated Press

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- South Gwinnett High School standout Louis Williams said he will enter the NBA draft instead of attending the University of Georgia.

Williams, the Naismith Trophy High School Player of the Year, announced his decision Wednesday at his high school. He protected his amateur status by not hiring an agent.

But when asked about the chances he would change his mind and attend the University of Georgia he said, "Probably slim and none."

"The opportunity is fresh right now," he said. "I don't want to pass on an opportunity that may not be there later."

Williams said he had spoken with Georgia coach Dennis Felton on Wednesday after making his decision. He said Felton offered congratulations, but said he would hold Williams' scholarship open if he changed his mind in the next month.

The NBA draft is June 28, and Williams can withdraw his name before June 21 and not lose his college eligibility.

Williams, who averaged 27.5 points as a senior, was ranked as one of the top high school players in the nation and was the top name in Georgia's signing class.

But as a 6-foot-2 shooting guard, Williams' NBA future is uncertain. One Internet site has Williams listed as the No. 45 pick overall -- midway through the second round -- in its latest mock draft. Another ranks Williams as a bubble player who could be drafted late in the first round but is more likely to be a second-round pick.

Williams led South Gwinnett to the Class 5A state championship as a junior. He scored 39 points in the championship game victory over Tift County.

South Gwinnett finished 28-3 and fourth in the state this year.

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