Patrick Williams to enter NBA draft

Patrick Williams’ one season in Tallahassee was a special one. And now the freshman is entering the NBA Draft.

The ACC’s Sixth Man of the Year made the announcement on Thursday morning, stating that “after careful consideration and with the support of my family and coaches, I have decided to declare for the 2020 NBA draft.”

Williams averaged 9.2 points and 4.0 rebounds in the 2019-20 season. He led the team with 30 blocks and shot 83.8 percent from the free-throw line.

FSU goes into the offseason needing to replace senior guard Trent Forrest but will also lose Williams and Devin Vassell, a sophomore who declared for the NBA draft earlier this week.

The FSU coaching staff built an early relationship with Williams, who they offered a scholarship to the Charlotte, N.C., prospect just five minutes after seeing him, assistant coach Charlton Young recalled in February.

“We are very happy for Patrick and his family,” said coach Leonard Hamilton. “Patrick has worked very hard to put himself in a position where he can realize his dream of playing professional basketball. He has the support of a wonderful family who has helped make him the extraordinary person he is today. There are so many tremendous things ahead for Patrick and our staff could not be more thrilled for him.”

The Seminoles do have a deep roster, which includes M.J. Walker, RaiQuan Gray, RayQuan Evans, Malik Osborne, Anthony Polite and Balsa Koprivica.