NEW YORK -- Brian Williams left Maryland after one year and Arizona after two, but it all worked out for the best. "I'm going to Disney World," Williams said last night after the Orlando Magic made him the 10th pick of the NBA draft.
Williams, 22, said he made the right decisions, both in transferring from Maryland and skipping his final season at Arizona. Questions persist about his game -- consistency, intensity, rebounding -- but who's to argue now?
At Maryland the 6-foot-11, 242-pound Williams believed he wasn't developing properly under former coach Bob Wade. He transferred to Arizona even though he was forced to sit out a year, and it proved a good move.
"I was happy with that decision," Williams said. "And I was happy with the decision to leave early. They were well-thought out. I really weighed the pros and cons. Once you make your decisions you don't look back."
As for the draft, things worked out perfect. Orlando had one of the NBA's smallest front lines last season, so it should be a good fit for Williams, who is expected to compete with Terry Catledge and Jeff Turner at power forward and spell Greg Kite at center.
"They've got a helluva guard in Scott Skiles, and Dennis Scott has really come on," Williams said of the second-year expansion franchise. "They've got a good foundation. They're going to be all right."
The Magic used the 23rd pick to select Stanley Roberts, the much maligned 7-foot, 309-pound center from LSU. Their second-round pick (No. 36) was Chris Corchiani, the 6-1 point guard from North Carolina State.