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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


He was named first-team all-Big South Conference and led the Keydets to the league title game where they lost to Winthrop.

Williams said he and his father (also named Reggie) made the decision to apply for the draft. He said he did so to "get my name out there."

He was hoping for an invitation to the Orlando, Fla. pre-draft camp so he could showcase his skills to NBA scouts.

He said if he made enough of an impression to believe he would get selected, he may have decided to stay in the June 28 draft.

"It depended on the feedback from scouts and things like that," Williams said.

"If it was real good and real positive and it looked like something was going to come out of me trying the draft, then yeah. But if it didn't, I just would've left it alone and stayed in school."

Williams said just by having his name associated with the draft last month, it may have "opened eyes up for some people."

His father said he doesn't blame anybody for the paperwork mishap.

"If it's meant to be, he'll make it to the NBA," his father said. "He's a determined young man."

Williams desperately wanted to show scouts that he can play in a half-court offense. He said many observers have chalked up his gaudy scoring numbers to the Keydets' frantic full-court offensive and defensive systems, which Baucom installed this past season.

They led the country in scoring at 100.9 points per game.

But Williams points out that he excelled for two years and was named to the conference's all-freshman team while playing a conventional style.

He averaged team-highs of 15.5 and 19.0 points per game as a freshman and sophomore.

"I think people write my scoring off because of our offense," he said. "I wanted to show I can play in a half-court offense as well. It's disappointing I won't be able to do that, but I take responsibility for it. It's my fault."

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