Illini Wonk
Monday, April 18, 2005
  Fighting Illini in the NBA Draft
In case you were still clinging to the hope that Deron Williams might stay at Illinois next year, most mock NBA drafts are placing him in the top five. In the 2005 NBA Mock Draft from Hoops Hype he's listed as the #5 pick overall which would give him a guaranteed contract and a salary of around $2.3 million.

The 2005 NBA Mock Draft at CHN College Hoops also has Williams as the fifth overall pick and has Luther Head going 51st to the Chicago Bulls.

In the NBA Mock Draft at InsideHoops.com, Williams is projected as the #5 pick and Head is in the second round.

Back on March 30, Illini Wonk posted an interview with Brendan McGovern on the NBA future of the current Illini. Well, McGovern has updated his 2005 NBA Mock Draft and has Williams going third. He projects Head as the 11th pick of the second round and #42 overall.

ESPN.com's Bill Simmons believes that Williams is a mortal lock for the top-7. He also thinks Dee Brown could thrive in the pros and isn't sure about Head.

NBADraft.net projects Williams 4th and Head 43rd. DraftCity has Williams 11th and Head 49th. An Early NBA Mock Draft at HOOPSWORLD.com has Williams 5th
 
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