GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maryland forward Jordan Williams said he has not put any consideration into his pro prospects as his sophomore season has wound to a close.
Williams, who was named to the all-ACC first team on Monday, is averaging 16.9 points and a league-best 11.6 rebounds.
“I’m not even thinking about that,” Williams said. “I’m just trying to focus on this team right now and getting this team better and getting this team to the tournament. That’s the most important thing. I haven’t really put any thought into that.”
Maryland (18-13) is the seventh seed in the ACC tournament and will meet 10th-seeded N.C. State on Thursday.
While still the Terrapins’ best player, Williams has tailed off slightly in the final month of the season as opponents have adapted to his strong play. He averaged 14.8 points and 10.5 rebounds in his last eight games. He has three double-doubles in that stretch after collecting 20 in the first 23 games.
“I think he caught some people off guard with how much he’d improved,” coach Gary Williams said. “They had to play against him to see how much better he was. The second time around, they’ve brought more people in to help on him and things like that. It’s just like when you play against a really good team. Jordan’s going to get everybody’s best shot.”
Jordan Williams had his best offensive game of the last eight contests against N.C. State. But he also sprinkled in a 3-for-17 shooting day against Miami and found his touches limited against Boston College, Florida State and Virginia.
“It’s been tough, but I think it’s my job as a good player to get my teammates involved and find open areas and I’ll be all right,” he said.
While the sophomore didn’t talk about his pro prospects, Gary Williams is already looking forward to how his star big man re-adjusts after this season.
“He’s really had a great sophomore year and I think he’ll continue to improve as time goes by,” Gary Williams said. “There’s always positive you can take out of anything, and when some team does stop him, you can see what they did. You can see how much of that was Jordan, how much of that was our players maybe not moving well enough to get open and you go from there. You’re getting a lot of good feedback to show in the offseason for what he has to do to improve so those things won’t bother him so much.”