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All-Big 12 forward Devin Williams signed a rookie free-agent contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Devin Williams, passed over in Thursday night’s NBA draft, reached a free-agent deal with the Milwaukee Bucks and is expected to join the squad in the Las Vegas summer league.

The 6-foot-9 power forward led the Big 12 with 9.5 rebounds per game as a junior, scored 13.3 points to earn all-league honors and would have been the centerpiece for West Virginia next season.

After indicating several times his intention to return to school as a senior, Williams changed course following an NCAA tournament first-round loss to Stephen F. Austin. He subsequently signed with an agent in April but was not invited to the NBA combine.

A source last month told MetroNews that Williams “received some bad advice” regarding the draft.

The next decision for Williams will involve remaining stateside for the NBA D-League or trying to earn a more lucrative deal overseas.

The Bucks’ summer league team opens play July 8 in Las Vegas, providing an audition for rookies and younger pros. The team’s roster includes forwards Jabari Parker, John Henson, Johnny O’Bryant and 19-year-old draftee Thon Maker.

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