Vols' Williams enters draft to 'test the waters'

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee forward Grant Williams says he is entering the NBA draft to "test the waters," but the consensus All-America selection hasn't ruled out the possibility of returning for his senior season.

Williams' decision allows him to work out with NBA teams while determining whether to stay in the draft. The 6-foot-7 junior, who will graduate next month, can maintain his college eligibility if he withdraws from draft consideration by May 29.

Coach Rick Barnes said he has had several conversations with Williams about his future. If Williams gets feedback that he will be a first-round pick, Barnes said that he should keep his name in the NBA draft. If not, Barnes thinks there's a reasonable chance Williams will return for his senior season.

"Grant knows we want what's best for him and that we're going to do everything we can to help him in this process," Barnes said.

Williams earned first-team Associated Press All-America honors this season and averaged 18.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

SEC coaches have selected Williams as the league's Player of the Year each of the past two seasons. The media panel selecting the AP All-SEC team also named Williams its Player of the Year this season.

Tennessee guard Jordan Bone also has entered the draft but is still considering a return to school.

Information from ESPN's Chris Low and The Associated Press was used in this report.