Devin Williams did not receive an invite to the NBA Combine nor did he hear his name called during the 2016 NBA draft. What he did receive was an opportunity to play for the Milwaukee Bucks, by signing a free agent contract first announced by his High School Montverde Academy via Twitter. The former WVU forward didn’t tell anybody about the contract, only his family knew about the deal.
“To be honest the type of guy I am, other than my family, I didn’t even tell nobody.” The news had got out and everyone was excited for me, I could feel the energy and the positive vibes.”
Positive is a great word to describe the feeling for a guy who was under such scrunity when he decided to opt out of his final year of eligibility at WVU. The naysayers have come out in full force, most still voicing their opinions about Williams’ decision, however, one thing you cannot be denied or questioned is Williams’ attitude and work ethic to become a future force in the NBA.
“I got a West Virginia mentality, I got a coach Huggins mentality. Going to West Virginia we were always picked number 6, we weren’t going across anybody’s screen. I always had a chip on my shoulder, so I am always going in with the same edge.”
During his three- year career at WVU, Williams saw action in 102 games in which he scored 1,134 points and grabbed 846 rebounds and averaged nearly a double double his junior year. Certainly there are many differences adjusting from the college game to the NBA and Williams acknowledges that reality and wants to take on the challenges head on.
“Defending ball screens, defending the post, rebounding the ball at a high level, and just being a maniac.”
Williams will play for the Buck’s summer league team beginning July 8th, providing an opportunity to audition and showcase his skills for the NBA. Listen to the entire interview in its entirety below and you can tune in to The Brandon Lowe Show weekday evenings at 5 on AM 950 WBES Charleston.