Chicago State alum Aaron Williams selected first overall in 2017 NBL Canada Draft

Former Chicago State forward Aaron Williams has been selected first overall in the 2017 NBL Canada Draft by the expansion St. John’s Edge. (Source: Jay LaPrete – Associated Press) (Header: St. John’s Edge Basketball)

CANMORE, Alta. — The first draft pick in the history of St. John’s Edge basketball is in the books.

The Edge are the tenth team in the NBL Canada for the 2017-18 season, and the sixth in the Atlantic Division. On Sunday, they made the first overall selection in the 2017 NBL Canada Draft, one of their two selections on the day.

After the Draft Combine that saw close to 130 players put their talents on display for coaches and general managers of the ten teams in the league, the Edge were on the clock.

With their first selection as a member of the NBL Canada, the Edge selected forward Aaron Williams, formerly of the Chicago State Cougars.

Williams last played for the Cougars back in the 2014-15 season. As a graduate player, the 6’6” forward averaged 1.8 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. He appeared in 24 games, making five starts in his final year.

During his time at Chicago State, Williams graduated alongside his mother, Tonya Williams. After graduating with his mother on May 14, 2014, Williams returned to Chicago State to earn a Master’s degree, while also playing out his final year of eligibility with the Cougars. If basketball doesn’t work out, Williams has his sights set on becoming an Athletic Director.

Williams red-shirted the 2013-14 season.

In Williams, the Edge are getting a 6’6”, 215-pound forward who will add some size in the paint. While used sparingly over his collegiate career, Williams showed some flashes of what he can do on the hardwood. He put up 11 points and two assists in 17 minutes in the opener of his final season at Chicago State, a 102-51 win over Indiana University Northwest.

The Edge have been active on the market this off-season as they search for players to fill out their roster ahead of their first game on November 18th. St. John’s has added former NCAA talents in Gavin Thurman, Colton Ray-St. Cyr, Rashaun Broadus, and Charles Hinkle.

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