Former TCU starter Kenrich Williams was considered a long-shot to be drafted after finishing his three-year career with the Horned Frogs. But according to the latest Sports Illustrated mock draft, it looks like Williams’ hard work since the end of the season could pay off.
Sports Illustrated projects Williams to break into the NBA Draft, slotting him as the No. 56 overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers. It represents a big jump for Williams, who had to go the long way to earn an invite to the NBA Combine.
Along with TCU teammate Vladimir Brodziansky, Williams featured in the 2018 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, which mostly features players considered fringe prospects. Williams impressed in Portsmouth, and was one of five Portsmouth players invited to the Combine.
Although the odds were stacked against him, it appears that Williams could be on his way to getting selected in the 2018 NBA Draft. A junior college transfer, Williams missed the entire 2015-16 season due to a knee injury before becoming a major part of the TCU program’s turnaround under Jamie Dixon.
A versatile 6-foot-7 guard, Williams averaged 13.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists as TCU made the 2018 NCAA Tournament. In doing so, Williams helped crack an NCAA Tournament drought that stretched back 20 years.
And if Sports Illustrated’s mock draft is any indication, Williams has a shot to break another streak that’s almost as long. TCU hasn’t had a player taken in the NBA Draft since forward Lee Nailon was taken No. 43 overall in the 1999 NBA Draft.