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Jordan Williams says he's living the "dream"

I've posted a story saying what we all expected and Terps fans feared -- that Jordan Williams has finalized his plans to leave Maryland and enter the NBA draft.Here is some more info. Some of this will appear in the story, but I wanted to get it to you now.

The bottom line is that the player tweeted today: "Thank you for all the support...it really means a lot!! It's been a dream to play in the NBA and now I finally have the opportunity!!"

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Then Williams tweeted: "I wanna thank #TerpNation for the support over the past 2 years I hope yall continue to follow me on my journey to the top!! "

The Washington Post reported that the player has signed with an agent. That means he could no longer withdraw his name from the NBA draft.

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His decision is obviously a personal one. I'm not as surprised he left as I am with the way it all unfolded.

As of noon today, Gary Williams said he still had not heard any final decision from his player. Others in the athletic department said it was news to them, too, that he had signed with an agent.

You just wish this all had gone down a little more gracefully. I remember the puzzled look on Maryland football player Cameron Chism's face when he told me five weeks ago that he and Williams were working on a class presentation together. But he said Williams seemed to have left class.

"I hope he doesn't leave me hanging," Chism said.

It's an interesting calculation by Jordan Williams. The possibility of an NBA lockout has frightened some top college players into staying in school. Might Williams believe the absence of some top underclassmen in the draft will help his cause?

We'll have more coverage on this, including a look at what the player's departure means to the program.

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