Terps' Jordan Williams enters draft, doesn't sign with agent

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Maryland forward Jordan Williams is entering the NBA Draft without signing with an agent, the school said in a release Tuesday.

The sophomore, listed at 6-foot-10 and 260 pounds, averaged 16.9 points and 11.8 rebounds last season as the Terrapins went 19-14.

Williams has until May 8 to decide whether to remain in school or pursue his pro options.

Williams had 388 rebounds last season, the second largest single-season total in Maryland history. After two seasons, he has 672 rebounds – 19th in school history, 11 behind Joe Smith.

The possible departure of Williams would damage Maryland’s prospects for next season. The Terps did not participate in the postseason for the first time since 1993 this year, and already lose forward Dino Gregory to graduation.

Should Williams depart, Maryland’s frontcourt would likely include holdovers James Padgett, Hauk Palsson, Ashton Pankey and Berend Weijs, and commit Martin Breunig.

Maryland has not had a player turn pro before exhausting his eligibility since guard John Gilchrist in 2005. Both Ekene Ibekwe (2006) and Greivis Vasquez (2009) initially declared their intent to enter the draft before withdrawing and returning for their senior years.

The last freshman or sophomore to leave Maryland early was Chris Wilcox in 2002.

Patrick Stevens

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