D-League offers option for prep-to-pro players
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Default D-League offers option for prep-to-pro players

Brandon Jennings(notes) skipped college to begin his professional career overseas. Latavious Williams discovered there’s another option available for prep stars who don’t have the inclination – or in his case, the grades – to spend a season on a university campus.

The NBA Development League.

The Tulsa 66ers made Latavious Williams the 16th pick in the D-League draft because they were impressed with his athleticism.

Williams became the first player to be drafted out of high school by the D-League when the Tulsa 66ers made him the final selection of the first round last month. A star forward from the Humble (Texas) Christian Life Center Academy, Williams was rated as the 17th best player in the 2009 recruiting class by Rivals.com. He selected Memphis over Georgetown, Kansas State and Florida International, but had trouble qualifying academically and began to consider his professional options. Like Jennings, Williams wanted to improve his stock for the NBA draft. He chose to stay closer to home to do it.
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Is sitting on the bench in the D-League really going to help him develop?
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