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Williams forced to pass on draft COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Paperwork snafu leaves Williams out of draft

 A gaffe over the filing of paperwork means Caroline native Reggie Williams can't circulate his name to NBA teams.
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Date published: 5/15/2007

By TAFT COGHILL JR.

Reggie Williams was shooting hoops in the Virginia Military Institute gym when an athletic department secretary told him a representative from the NBA called.

That wasn't immediately a concern because a week earlier the 6-foot-5 VMI standout junior forward and Bowling Green native had declared for the NBA Draft.

Or so he thought.

The league was calling Williams to let him know he failed to formally file the paperwork required to enter the draft.

Williams, who was the leading scorer in Division I this past season, said he provided Keydets head coach Duggar Baucom all the necessary paperwork, but Baucom didn't send it in.

"I was real mad and disappointed, but I take responsibility for it," Williams said in a telephone interview yesterday. "I put it on myself for not doing it. Mostly I'm mad at myself."

Williams submitted his paperwork to Baucom and announced his decision to declare for the draft on April 24, five days before the deadline to do so.

He didn't hire an agent, which left the door open for him to return to school for his senior season if the feedback from NBA scouts wasn't positive.

Williams said he e-mailed a letter declaring his intentions to Baucom.

He said he also sent Baucom a signed NCAA compliance form that stated he understood the rules of declaring for the draft.

"I thought [Baucom] was going to send it altogether, but he thought I was going to send it," Williams said. "So it was just a miscommunication."

Baucom said in a VMI press release on April 24 that "We support Reggie in his decision to test the waters in the NBA." But he didn't return several calls seeking comment for this story.

A VMI athletic department spokesman released a statement from Baucom that said: "Due to a paperwork-related issue, Reggie Williams will not participate in this year's NBA Draft process.

"Even though Reggie will not be able to test the waters of the NBA Draft right now, we feel confident that his best basketball is ahead of him and he will continue to make himself an attractive pro prospect."

Williams, a Prince George High School graduate, averaged 28.1 points per game this past season.


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