K.J. Williams

Draft Notes: Withdrawals, LaRavia, J. Williams, T. Smith, More

Former Murray State forward K.J. Williams has withdrawn from the 2022 NBA Draft and will transfer to LSU for 2022/23, he told Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports (Twitter link). Williams averaged 18 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals on .538/.327/.699 shooting last season for the Racers.

Boise State guard Marcus Shaver has also withdrawn from the draft, announcing on Instagram that he’ll return for a final season with the Broncos. Shaver put up 13.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 34 games last season.

Here are more draft-related notes:

  • After a strong showing at the combine on Wednesday, where he led his group by making 18 of 25 shots during the three-point star drill, Wake Forest’s Jake LaRavia opted to sit out of scrimmages on Thursday, according to Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report (Twitter link). Although it went unsaid, the implication is that LaRavia may have received a promise from a team that he’ll be selected in the draft. LaRavia has been rising up draft boards recently. Sam Vecenie of The Athletic had him going No. 28 in his latest mock draft, while John Hollinger of The Athletic ranks him as the No. 20 prospect.
  • Santa Clara’s Jalen Williams and North Carolina State’s Terquavion Smith are also draft risers, per Rafael Barlowe of NBABigBoard.com (All Twitter links). Williams might end up becoming a lottery pick, while Smith has been performing well in workouts and drills at the combine. One scout compared Smith to Warriors guard Jordan Poole. “Breathtaking athlete. Super confident. Jordan Poole in every way. Great shooter with blazing speed and an electric right leg. Impossible to stay in front of in one on one play,” the scout said. ESPN’s Mike Schmitz (Twitter link) also likes Smith’s game, saying he thinks Smith will project well to the NBA. Williams and Smith were both in the 20s in Vecenie’s mock draft.
  • G League ignite guard/forward Dyson Daniels has met with nine teams thus far at the combine, including the Knicks, Kings, Cavaliers and Hawks, tweets Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic. Daniels is a projected lottery pick, currently the No. 10 prospect on ESPN’s big board. He’s considered a strong passer, rebounder and versatile defender.
  • Syracuse’s Buddy Boeheim, who recently worked out for the Kings, Knicks and Warriors, has an additional 10 teams lined up for workouts, as Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog.com relays (via Twitter). Boeheim led the ACC in scoring in ’21/22.
  • In an interview with Spencer Davies of BasketballNews.com, Iowa State’s Izaiah Brockington said he thinks his competitive fire and work ethic will translate to the NBA-level. “I feel like my work ethic allows me to catch guys that a lot of people deem ‘better’ or would rank higher [than me],” Brockington said. “I feel like I have the intangibles that other people don’t. I have athleticism, and I have the dog mentality — somebody who just loves to compete and loves to win and isn’t gonna let somebody just walk all over them.” Brockington has workouts scheduled with 10 teams, according to Davies.

Draft Notes: T. Brown, K. Williams, Scheierman, J. Murray

Murray State guard Tevin Brown, the No. 81 prospect on ESPN’s big board, announced on Twitter on Thursday that he has decided to enter the 2022 NBA draft and hire an agent, forgoing his remaining eligibility.

Brown has spent four years at Murray State but had the option of playing one more NCAA season due to a 2020 decision related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a senior in 2021/22, Brown averaged 16.8 PPG, 5.6 RPG, and 3.1 APG in 34 games (35.2 MPG), posting a shooting line of .427/.384/.748. Of his 438 total field goal attempts, 276 came from beyond the three-point line.

Brown’s teammate at Murray State, senior forward K.J. Williams, also put out a Twitter statement announcing his intentions to enter the draft, though he’ll just be testing the waters for now. Williams was the Racers’ leading scorer, recording 18.0 PPG and 8.4 RPG in 34 games (29.0 MPG).

Here are a few more draft-related updates:

  • South Dakota State forward Baylor Scheierman is declaring for the 2022 draft while maintaining his college eligibility, he announced on Twitter. Scheierman, who put up 16.2 PPG, 7.8 RPG, and 4.5 APG as a junior this season, ranks right behind Brown on ESPN’s big board, at No. 82.
  • Long Beach State senior guard Joel Murray is testing the NBA draft waters, he announced on Twitter. Murray led the team with 16.7 PPG on .449/.371/.853 shooting in 33 games (32.1 MPG) after transferring from West Texas A&M.
  • Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report explores how the introduction of name, image, and likeness (NIL) eligibility for college players is impacting the NBA draft landscape.
  • Over at The Ringer, Kevin O’Connor has shared his latest big board and mock draft for 2022.