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EMU’s Thompson, CMU’s Williams declare for NBA draft

Al Willman
The Detroit News

Two more in-state college basketball players have decided they might take a chance in June’s NBA draft.

Eastern Michigan 6-foot-10 junior forward James Thompson IV is on the league’s official list of 182 players who declared to enter the draft early. Central Michigan 6-foot-6 junior Cecil Williams is also a new addition to that list.

James Thompson IV

Williams does not have an agent. It is not known if Thompson has signed with an agent. If not, they can withdraw their names from the draft.

Thompson started all 32 games for the Eagles and was an All-Mid-American Conference second team member, averaging a double-double a game with 14.6 points (No. 16 in the country) and 11.2 rebounds (No. 6).

His 4.8 offensive rebounds per game was the best in the MAC and the second-best in Division I, behind Seton Hall 6-foot-10 senior forward Angel Delgado, who averaged 5.03 in 33 games.

Williams transferred to Central from Moberly Area Community College in Missouri prior to the 2016-17 season and started all 32 games for the Chippewas, averaging 8.0 points and 6.0 rebounds.

They join Michigan’s Mo Wagner and D.J. Wilson, who announced their decisions to enter the draft two weeks ago. Central Michigan star Marcus Keene and Western Michigan’s Thomas Wilder decided at the end of March to enter the draft.

Of the six, only Keene has signed with an agent. According to an ESPN report, the former Central player is represented by Mitch Frankel of Impact Sports.

The NBA draft is June 22.

Al Willman is a freelance writer. @AlWillmanSports