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Former Florida State forward Patrick Williams didn’t have to wait long to hear his name called during the 2020 NBA draft as the Chicago Bulls selected him with the No. 4 selection overall.
Coming out of high school in Charlotte, North Carolina, Williams was one of the highest-rated signees in FSU history. He was rated the No. 26 overall recruit in the 2019 class.
According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, Williams will get a four-year, $32 million contract with $14.5 million guaranteed because he was selected No. 4 overall.
Williams played just one season with the Seminoles and averaged 9.2 points (fourth on the team), 4.0 rebounds (fourth), 1.1 blocked shots (first), and 1.0 steals (third). After the 2019-20 season, where Williams helped FSU to a 26-5 record (16-4 ACC) and the ACC championship, he was named to the 2020 ACC All-Freshman Team and named the 2020 ACC’s Sixth Man of the Year.
“The most impressive thing about Patrick was the mindset that he brought with him,” FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton said. “Obviously, being a leader on his high school team and having to be on the court and stay out of foul trouble, gotta score points. He did a very good job academically. Everybody at the school loved him and respected him. And he had a pretty good reputation coming into Florida State.
“Patrick came on wanting to make sure he played hard and that he defended. That was his goal. He wanted to be in great condition. That’s the reason why he is where he is because he brought an unselfish spirit, he wasn’t worried about starting, he wasn’t worried about how many minutes he played, he wanted to be a great teammate and he wanted to learn and he wanted to grow.”