Wake Forest guard Alondes Williams has signed a two-way contract with the Brooklyn Nets after going undrafted in 2022 NBA Draft.
After spending 2 seasons as a role player for the Oklahoma Sooners, Williams’ production exploded under Wake Forest head coach Steve Forbes. The senior increased his scoring average from 6.7 to 18.5 points per game to go along with his 5.2 assists and 6.4 rebounds, making him one of the most dynamic players in college basketball. He helped lead the Deacs to a 25-10 record and became the 11th player in Wake Forest history to be awarded ACC Player of the Year.
Williams’ court vision and play making abilities are what made him a fantastic player for Wake Forest this season, and it’s definitely something that NBA teams took note of. His outside shooting does need some work (28% this season), but due to the way NBA GMs obsess over age, the biggest “downside” to his game was being 23 years old. I am fairly confident that if he was a couple years younger, Williams would have likely been a late 1st round pick.
As a two-way player, Alondes will spend time both on the main roster and on the Nets G-League team, the Long Island Nets. Two-way players are eligible to play in 50 of the team’s 82 games and earn half of the league rookie minimum salary, which is up to $502,000. Of course, that contract contains no guaranteed money, and the player can be cut at any time. The biggest negative is that Alondes will not be able to participate in the playoffs.
With the latest rumors that both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are trying to get out of Brooklyn this offseason, there could be plenty of playing time for Alondes next season to make a name for himself and play his way into a full NBA contract.
Congratulations to Alondes and Go Deacs!