Tuesday , Apr , 19 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Wake Forest’s Williams heading to NBA

Winston-Salem, NC (Sports Network) – Wake Forest junior center Eric
Williams has reportedly decided to forgo his final season of college
eligibility and enter the upcoming NBA Draft.

According to the News and Observer of Raleigh, Williams will not hire an
agent, which leaves open the possibility that he could return to school.
Williams has said, though, he will likely stay in the draft if he feels he
will be selected in the first round.

The early entry withdrawal deadline is June 21, 2005, which is one week
before the draft takes place.

Williams averaged 16.1 points and 7.7 rebounds this year and his announcement
marks the third player from one of the well-respected North Carolina schools
to declare for the draft since the season ended.

He joins his teammate, sophomore guard Chris Paul, and North Carolina Tar Heel
junior swingman Rashad McCants, who made their decisions in the last few
weeks. Paul and McCants, though, have already said they will sign with agents
and have no intentions of withdrawing their names from the draft.