Bob Holt is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of the University of Missouri, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and a voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 basketball poll. Holt has been awarded Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year four times and has been inducted to the Arkansas Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.
Report: Williams agrees to deal with Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jaylin Williams, left, looks to pass against Memphis Grizzlies guard Ronaldo Segu (9) during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Wednesday, July 6, 2022, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Jeff Swinger)
Former Arkansas All-SEC forward Jaylin Williams has agreed to a four-year, $8.2 million rookie contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported on Saturday.
Williams, 20, was the No. 34 overall pick in the NBA Draft after playing two seasons at Arkansas. He averaged 10.9 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.1 blocked shots and 31.7 minutes in 37 games for the Razorbacks as a sophomore.
He played a key role in the program's back-to-back appearances in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament the last two seasons. In eight NCAA Tournament games, he averaged 8.5 points and 8.4 rebounds.
Williams, who starred at Fort Smith Northside High School, is playing for the Thunder’s NBA Summer League team.
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