Thunder keep Williams close to home

The Oklahoma City Thunder selected former Arkansas sophomore Jaylin Williams with the 34th overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft.

The 6-10 forward from Fort Smith became the fourth Razorback in as many years to be drafted in a row, following Moses Moody in 2021, Isaiah Joe in 2020, and Daniel Gafford in 2019.

Williams played on Razorbacks teams that advanced to the Elite Eight in each of the last two years.

Going into his sophomore season, the first-team All-SEC selection wasn’t considered to be a viable draft pick, but as a sophomore he developed into a team leader, an excellent defender. and solid scorer for the Hogs from mid-January through the end of the season.

He averaged 10.9 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.1 blocks over 31.6 minutes per game for the season, but upped those numbers 14.3 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists for the Hogs in the NCAA Tournament.