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When Devin Williams was at West Virginia, he was a force to be reckoned with. He started 99 games in his three years in Morgantown, averaging a near double-double (11.1 points, 8.3 rebounds) for his career. During his junior season, he put up 13.3 points and 9.5 rebounds. Even still, not many people expected him to leave early. He did, though, choosing to declare for the NBA Draft with a year of eligibility remaining. 

Despite his strong performance in college, Williams was a bit of a 'tweener, standing 6-foot-9, yet playing a traditional center role. He went undrafted and only played sparingly for the Milwaukee Bucks in summer league. He caught on with the Boston Celtics in training camp, but that only lasted a week before he was let go. That led to Williams signing with a pro team in Australia, and that didn't go much better. He averaged three points and four rebounds for Melbourne before an injury sidelined him, and he and the team agreed to let him go from his contract. 

Williams' return to the States seems to have rejuvenated him. This past season, he caught on with the Maine Red Claws, the G League affiliate of the Boston Celtics. There, he started 29 of 45 games and averaged a double-double in just 26 minutes per game. His 11.8 points and 10.9 rebounds made him one of only five players in the G League to average a double-double. 

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