By Robert Haugh
Santa Clara University forward Jalen Williams became the first Bronco drafted in the NBA Draft since Bronco Hall of Famer and NBA All-Star Steve Nash in 1996.
Williams, a two-time All-WCC selection, is Santa Clara men’s basketball’s 27th NBA Draft pick, the program’s fourth first round selection. Kudos to Williams and the SCU basketball program.
Veteran Bay Area sports journalist Skip Bayless has high praise:
Williams is the program’s highest drafted prospect of the modern era and the second-highest drafted in program history behind only Ken Sears, who went fourth overall in 1955.
Williams, a 21-year-old 6-foot-6 junior was selected 12th overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
During his junior season with the Broncos, Williams averaged 18.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.
His 39.6 percent shooting from behind the arc is one of his more phenomenal skills.
The Gilbert, Arizona native averaged the second most points in the WCC with a 46.9 percent field goal shooting rating.
The Santa Clara community was ecstatic about Williams’ selection.
Williams was even mentioned on The Tonight Show: