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Alondes Williams signs with the Brooklyn Nets

Wake Forest guard Alondes Williams has signed a two-way contract with the Brooklyn Nets after going undrafted in the 2022 NBA draft.

After spending 2 seasons as a role player for the Oklahoma Sooners, Williams’ production skyrocketed under Wake Forest head coach Steve Forbes. The elder increased his scoring average from 6.7 to 18.5 points per game to go along with his 5.2 assists and 6.4 rebounds, making him one of the most dynamic players in college basketball. He helped lead the Deacs to a 25-10 record and became the 11th player in Wake Forest history to be named ACC Player of the Year.

Williams’ vision for the field and playing ability is what has made him a fantastic player for Wake Forest this season, and it’s certainly something NBA teams have taken notice of. His away shooting needs a bit of work (28% this season), but due to how age-obsessed NBA GMs are, the biggest ‘downside’ to his game was to be 23 years old. I’m pretty confident that if he had been a few years younger, Williams probably would have been a late pick in the 1st round.

As a two-way player, Alondes will spend time on both the main roster and Nets G-League team, the Long Island Nets. Two-way players are eligible to play in 50 of the team’s 82 games and earn half the league’s minimum rookie salary, which can reach $502,000. Of course, this contract does not contain guaranteed money and the player can be cut at any time. The biggest negative point is that Alondes will not be able to participate in the playoffs.

With the latest rumors that Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are trying to get out of Brooklyn this offseason, there could be plenty of game time for Alondes next season to make a name for himself and work his way into a full NBA contract.

Congratulations to Alondes and Go Deacs!