Gary Williams expects Jordan Williams back next season

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It’s uncertain whether Jordan Williams will remain at Maryland for his junior season after his decision  to enter the NBA Draft this week.

One person, though, believes the forward to be back in College Park next winter: Terrapins coach Gary Williams.

“I fully expect Jordan to come back because of the lockout possibility,” Gary Williams said. “No one knows anything about the draft right now except the NBA. They’re the guys that are going to draft their players. With a lockout as a possibility, it’ll be interesting to see how the process of the draft takes place. I know the NFL is going ahead with their draft, but the NBA, all sources I have are saying this could be a hockey-type situation [when the NHL wiped out the 2004-05 season with a lockout].”

The NBA’s collective bargaining agreement expires June 30, which is a significant wrinkle in the annual exodus of college underclassmen to the pros.

More from Gary Williams coming in a series of entries over the next few days. More from Gary on Jordan Williams’ looming decision will be in tomorrow’s dead-tree edition.

Patrick Stevens

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