Williams reportedly will turn pro

Updated: April 19, 2005, 4:43 PM ET
Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois guard Deron Williams is expected to announce Tuesday night whether he will enter the NBA draft.

A news conference has been scheduled for 8:30 ET in Champaign, Illinois. Although he has dodged questions about his decision, Illini coach Bruce Weber has said chances are "pretty good" that his junior point guard would go pro.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Williams would declare. It is not known if Williams has hired an agent, which would make him ineligible to return to Illinois.

Williams was named a third-team Associated Press All-American and was first-team All-Big Ten for the second consecutive season. He averaged 12.5 points per game and led the team with 264 assists.


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