The Boston Celtics have signed center/forward Robert Williams, the team announced today.
The signing comes after a few controversial incidents related to Williams and the Celtics. He initially missed the first conference call with the media after over-sleeping and then a few days later missed a flight to Boston to work out with the Celtics summer team.
Williams, 20, allegedly dropped to the Celtics at the 27th spot of the first round due to attitudinal issues at Texas A&M. At one point before last winter, he was expected to be lottery pick (top 14).
Williams averaged 11.1 points on 59.1% shooting and 8.7 rebounds in 61 games (40 starts) over two collegiate seasons at Texas A&M University.
As a sophomore in 2017-18, Williams (6-10, 241 lbs.) led the Southeastern Conference in rebounding with 9.2 boards per game. He was also named Co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year after producing a conference-best 78 blocked shots, the second-most by any player in school history.
The Shreveport, La. native burst onto the collegiate scene as a freshman in 2016-17, averaging 11.9 points (55.8% FG), 8.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots in his first season with the Aggies. He earned Second Team All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman Team honors, in addition to being named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
Williams will wear No. 44 for the Celtics.