Just days after losing to Michigan in an NCAA Final Four semifinal game, Syracuse University star point guard and Hamilton resident Michael Carter-Williams began looking to the future.
His future, he determined, is the National Basketball Association.
Carter-Williams announced yesterday that he will forego his final two years of eligibility at Syracuse and enter June’s NBA Draft.
“I decided after the Michigan game (a 61-56 loss), a day or two after,” Carter-Williams told The Salem News yesterday. “I was pretty upset that we lost and I wasn’t thinking about anything, but things turned around pretty quickly and I discussed with my family what’s best for me. What’s best is that I enter the draft.”
Carter-Williams, a 6-foot-6 point guard, is a pass-first playmaker with capable scoring ability.
The NBA has been a goal for Carter-Williams since he was a young boy, and he moved one step closer to achieving it with his decision to leave college after a stellar sophomore year.
“It means a lot to me. It’s a lifelong dream of mine and it’s amazing what I’ve gone through with the help of my family and teammates. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be in this position,” Carter-Williams said. “I want to give thanks to them and thanks to God for the talent I have. Now I’m just enjoying the process.”
The process is just beginning for Carter-Williams.
Now, he has to start preparing for pre-draft workouts to prove he’s worthy of a high pick — having been projected by some experts as a potential lottery pick.
“It’s about working, getting better, bigger, stronger, and getting fully prepared for whatever I have to do,” said the 21-year-old Carter-Williams, who played his freshman year of basketball at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School before heading to St. Andrew’s School in Rhode Island.