Devin Williams hires agent; officially enters draft


After about a month of speculation, Devin Williams finally made it official. He has hired an agent and will declare himself eligible for the 2016 NBA Draft.

Williams had announced his intentions to seek an opportunity to play professionally, following his illustrious three-year career with the West Virginia basketball team.

That announcement did not come as a total shock to WVU fans because Williams’ really was the inside leader for the team this past season. He made an impact right away seeing solid playing time as a freshman, but Williams really came into his own during his junior year.

He struggled early, fighting off double-teamed defenses, but flourished in the Big 12 Conference Tournament, leading the Mountaineers to the title game. With his career-high 31 points, Williams and the Mountaineers nearly pulled out a win over Kansas, after leading at halftime, for the program’s first Big 12 championship.

It just wasn’t meant to be. Same with Williams’ senior year.

He leaves WVU as one of the best big men in school history.

He recorded his 1,000th career point in January and became only the 11th player in WVU basketball history to score 1,000 points and grab 800 rebounds in his career.

Williams leaves West Virginia with 1,134 career points and 843 career rebounds. As a junior, he was second on the team with 13.3 points per game and led the Mountaineers with 9.5 rebounds per game in a season where WVU finished 26-9.

Aaron Turner is part of Versus Management Team. It is a firm that represents players at the NBA, NFL and FIBA levels.

According to his profile, “A graduate of Indiana University, with a degree in Economics, Aaron has carved out a niche for himself in the industry as one of the youngest agents on the rise in the basketball world. Aaron has an exceptional passion, experience and expertise in many areas of basketball, including a unique background in player development that helps him grasp the game of basketball both on and off the court. Aaron takes the time and effort to develop strong personal and professional bonds with Verus clients, and not only does he negotiate contracts, he identifies and secures marketing and endorsement opportunities, he also formulates and implements developmental plans for them, and, when appropriate trains players directly.”

Turner and Versus represent professional basketball players such as Terry Rozier of the Boston Celtics, Jakarr Sampson of the Denver Nuggets and Tyler Wilkerson.

Williams looks to be the next successful client to be added to that list.