- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Maryland forward Jordan Williams is entering the NBA Draft without signing with an agent.

Now comes the possibility of a nearly six-week wait for the Terrapins to determine whether they will have their best player for at least another year.

The sophomore, who averaged 16.9 points and 11.8 rebounds last season and was voted to the all-ACC first team, has until May 8 to choose to either remain in school or pursue a pro career.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to play at the next level,” Williams said in a statement released by the school. “This will give me an opportunity to get feedback from some NBA coaches and scouts on what parts of my game need improvement in order to be successful.”

Williams set a Maryland record with 13 consecutive double-doubles last season. But as the year unfolded, more opponents opted to double- and even triple-team Williams and limited his effectiveness as the Terps went 19-14 and missed the postseason.

In his final 10 games, Williams averaged 15 points - solid, but down from his early-season performances.

Nonetheless, the potential loss of Williams would damage a program with few certainties in the frontcourt. Dino Gregory, the Terps’ other starting forward, will graduate this spring.

Reserves James Padgett, Hauk Palsson and Berend Weijs will return, though none averaged more than 3.3 points last season. Freshman Ashton Pankey, who redshirted because of a leg injury, is also in the program, and Martin Breunig is expected to sign with the Terps this spring.

Other Terps explored turning pro early in recent years. Ekene Ibekwe (2006) and Greivis Vasquez (2009) investigated the draft process before remaining at Maryland for their senior seasons.

The last Maryland player to turn pro with at least two years of eligibility was Chris Wilcox, who departed after helping the Terps win the national championship as a sophomore in 2002..

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