Former Vol Elected Vice President Of NBPA

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    (Photo via Tennessee Athletics)

    Former Tennessee forward Grant Williams was elected the vice president of the NBA Player’s Association Saturday.

    NBA players elected Williams at the Board of NBPA Player Representatives meeting. His term begins immediately and runs through 2024. The NBPA elected Trail Blazers’ guard C.J. McCollum.

    Since entering the league, I have wanted to be involved in the and contribute to the important decisions that impact our lives as players both on and off the court,” Williams Tweeted Wednesday. “I am honored to be selected by my peers for this position and excited to join the NBPA Executive Committee.”

    Williams just finished his second season in the NBA after the Celtics selected him with the 22nd pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

    In two seasons in Boston, Williams averaged 4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1 assist a game while playing 16.5 minutes per game.

    At Tennessee, Williams was the two time SEC Player of the Year and a Wooden Award Finalist. In three seasons, Williams averaged 15.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while helping rebuild UT’s basketball program under Rick Barnes.

    In Williams’ junior season, the 6-foot-7 power forward was a unanimous All American averaging 18.8 points, 7.5 points, 3.2 assists and 1.5 blocks per game on 57% shooting from the field.

    Off the court, Williams was very involved in the Knoxville community and frequently attended other Tennessee sporting events.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.