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THE NBA’S #1 FREE AGENT IS LOOKING FOR A HOME

When you think of basketball you think of names like LeBron, and Durant but Emmitt Williams has played with them all and easily trounced some of their records. Recently it was announced by his management agency CK Talent Management that he parted ways with NBA Agent Aaron Turner at Verus, which makes him the number one free agent currently out there.

According to NBADRAFT.net they rank Williams among their top Power Forwards. NBA Draft Room says: “Williams is a heart and hustle type of player who is also a big time athlete. He brings a ton of passion and energy to the court and he excels at doing the dirty work of rebounding, defending, running the floor and getting after loose balls.” They further say that: “He’s the type of teammate you’d love to go to battle with.” Which makes him the number one free agent currently available by many that cover professional basketball.

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So where did it all start for Williams? He started by playing for Lehigh Senior High School in Lehigh Acres, Florida, where he averaged 15.3 points and 11.2 rebounds per game before transferring to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida for his sophomore season. During his time at IMG Academy, he was teammates with NBA recruits Trevon Duval and Silvio De Sousa. IMG is one of the best teams in the country. In the 2015–16 season, Williams averaged 16.4 points, 12.6 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game, playing in the power forward position.

During his senior season, Williams transferred to Oak Ridge High School in Orlando, Florida.  There Williams averaged 17.6 points, 12.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. While at Oak Ridge Williams lead his team to the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Class 9A state championship. He also took part in the Ballislife All-American Game, which gave him his first title of co-MVP with Moses Brown after he was the game’s top scorer (31 points) and best re-bounder (12).

If his stats aren’t mind blowing enough during an April 8, 2018 game, he recorded 44 points, seven rebounds and three steals at the Jordan Brand Classic which landed him most valuable player (MVP) of the game. Williams most notable accomplishment came during the Classic when he broke the single-game scoring record for the event, which was previously held the one and only LeBron “King” James.

After dethroning the “King” and leaving High School, Williams was a consensus five-star recruit and one of the most highly-rated power forwards in the 2018 recruiting class. In 2018 he committed to play college basketball for LSU, over other offers from some of the most elite and prominent college basketball programs in the nation.

As a freshman at LSU, Williams averaged 7.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, making eight starts on a team that reached the Sweet 16. He had a season-high 15 points twice. Williams scored 13 points and a career-best 14 rebounds in a 79–78 overtime win at Florida. In 2018 he declared for the NBA draft, but ultimately decided to return to college instead of moving forward with the draft since school was and loyalty to his team at LSU was important to him. On November 24, 2019, Williams scored a career-high of 27 points and collected nine rebounds leading them to a win of 96–83 against Rhode Island. On January 29, 2020, Williams had 23 points and 11 rebounds again leading the team to a 90–76 win over the coveted Alabama Crimson Tide.  

Following his 2020 season, he finally decided to go all in and declare for the NBA draft. Though after going undrafted in the 2020 NBA draft, which many believed was due to the problems associated with hastily putting together a draft during COVID-19. In the craziness to put on the Draft during the pandemic, several well-known Sports Reporters have noted that this unfairly left Williams and many great players lost in the shuffle. Then in February 2021, Williams finally got his opportunity where he was included in the roster of the Agua Caliente Clippers the LA Clippers G-League team. After the Clippers season was over, he over to play in Israel where he had a great showing and a successful run. We however, hear that Williams is returning to the Agua Caliente Clippers (LA Clippers G-League team) for summer camp this summer, which is great news.

When off the court, Williams spends time playing father to his young child. Family is so important to him that he wanted to set a good example early on for his child, so during college with the pressures of academics, basketball he would fly home to Florida as often as he could to be there for his kid. Being a father also pushed him to create his own basketball camps for under privileged youth, where he helps youth learn responsibility through sport.

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So what’s next for Williams? We hear that he is expected to play with his team in the up-coming TBT Tournament which will air on ESPN this summer as well as we mentioned earlier he is expected to attend the summer camp with our LA Agua Caliente Clippers (LA Clippers G-League team). Where we certainly look forward to seeing him on the court as much as possible.

We expect this number one free agent will not be a free agent for long as we hear many of the top NBA Agents have already reached out to his management agency to secure him to their roster. We are looking forward to seeing what Agent lands him, what team is lucky enough to sign him and seeing him on the court in the upcoming season. We certainly will be following his career closely and will bring you any new developments.

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