Crean hints that Williams will remain in NBA Draft #iubb

This week’s NBA Draft Combine in Chicago is the next checkpoint in Troy Williams’ off-season.

It may also be his final undertaking as an amateur basketball player.

During a speaking engagement Saturday in Warsaw, IU coach Tom Crean hinted that Williams may stay in the draft and forego his final season of eligibility with the Hoosiers.

“I believe Troy’s going to be in that draft,” Crean said, according to a story by the Elkhart Truth. “I think he deserves to be in that draft. He’s done all that we’ve asked him to do. That’s his dream and he’s done a lot of good things for us, but at the same time, you’ve got to be able to move forward.”

Williams, who has not yet hired an agent, will be one of 63 players participating in the combine, which runs Wednesday through Sunday. Those who have not signed with agents have until May 25 to withdraw from the draft. Should Williams decide to return to IU, it would put Indiana one scholarship over the NCAA limit of 13.

Junior college forward Freddie McSwain’s commitment late last month effectively gave IU a replacement for Williams’ athleticism.

“We had to prepare for the loss of Troy,” Crean said at the event, according to the Elkhart Truth.