UNC Basketball: Kenny Williams has workout with Charlotte Hornets

CHAPEL HILL, NC - FEBRUARY 08: Kenny Williams
CHAPEL HILL, NC - FEBRUARY 08: Kenny Williams /

Former UNC Basketball guard Kenny Williams had a workout with the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday afternoon

The North Carolina Tar Heels have five former players hoping to reach the next level of basketball and play in the NBA next season. Three of those five, Nassir Little, Coby White and Cam Johnson, were invited to the NBA Scouting Combine in Chicago next week.

Forward Luke Maye will participate in the G-League Elite Camp in Chicago with the opportunity to be invited to the NBA Scouting Combine. For Kenny Williams, he won’t be in Chicago next week and instead will participate in the Professional Basketball Combine, an opportunity to show what he can do for NBA scouts.

For Williams, his journey to the NBA might be a little different from his former teammates. He’s projected to go undrafted at the moment but he should at least make a Summer League roster.

As we get set for June’s draft, prospects will begin meeting with teams to workout and go through interviews.

Williams’ first interview was a local one down the road in Charlotte as he met with the Hornets per the Charlotte Observer. The 6-foot-4 guard that is known for his defense was one of six prospects working out for the Hornets.

The Observer was able to catch up with Williams following the workout as the guard had this to say about his future in the NBA:

"“That was my big thing this year: I didn’t shoot the ball as well as I wanted to or other people wanted me to,” Williams said following his workout. “If I can come out here and show teams I can make the 3 and put the ball in the basket at a pretty high level, then I think I’ll put myself in a good position.”"

Even with a projection of being undrafted, it doesn’t mean Williams should give up on his hopes of playing in the NBA. Being snubbed from both events in Chicago next weekend could be used as motivation and he’s at least getting an opportunity to workout for teams.

Williams was originally committed to VCU before head coach Shaka Smart left the program to take the Texas job. A few weeks later, Williams committed to UNC where he played four seasons under Roy Williams.

He averaged 8.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists while shooting 40 percent in his final season at North Carolina. He did average a career-high 11.4 points as a junior for the Tar Heels.

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