Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Memphis Duo Entering NBA Draft

Shawne Williams to Enter NBA Draft

According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Memphis freshman forward Shawne Williams is going to announce that he will enter the NBA Draft. However, Williams’ grandfather Leon Williams says that he is not going to hire an agent, leaving the option of returning to the Tigers open. He says, “He’s torn on the decision because he enjoys school, but the (financial) needs overshadow everything else. The time is right if he can get the money and get a good contract.” Moreover, Leon Williams also said that if Shawne is not a Top-20 pick, he will likely go back to Memphis. Williams helped lead Memphis to the Elite Eight this past season, averaging 13.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game. Teammate Darius Washington has also said he is likely to enter the NBA Draft.

Darius Washington to Enter NBA Draft

According to DraftExpress.com, Memphis sophomore guard Darius Washington is going to enter the NBA Draft. Moreover, he also has said that he would not be testing the waters and would go in the draft “for good.” Washington, a two-year starter at the point for Memphis, helped lead the Tigers to the Elite Eight this past season, averaging 13.4 points, 3.1 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. Teammate Shawne Williams is expected to announce his intentions in the coming days.

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