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Potential lottery pick Robert Williams returning to Texas A&M

Wooden Legacy

ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 27: Robert Williams #44 of the Texas A&M Aggies makes a jump shot against the UCLA Bruins during the championship game of the Wooden Legacy at Honda Center on November 27, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

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The new Collective Bargaining Agreement will increase the value of rookie-scale contracts after salaries for first-round picks plummeted in the final year of the current CBA.

But that won’t lure every highly touted college player to the NBA.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN:

Williams very likely would have gone in the first round with a decent chance of getting picked in the lottery this year.

It’s surprising to see someone bypass that opportunity, and I hope Williams is happy in College Station. He’s certainly taking a risk by returning. Though it’s early, the 2018 draft looks strong at the top. There’s much more room for Williams to fall than rise.

The 6-foot-9 big man uses his length (7-foot-4) well, partially a testament to his athleticism. That has mattered most defensively, as Williams has blocked shots at an impressive rate. He has also shown solid touch with the ball as a shooter.

He can improve his rebounding fundamentals, particularly on the defensive glass. He can expand his mid-range game beyond the 3-point arc. He can get stronger.

NBA scouts will definitely be watching him closely next season.