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Florida State basketball’s Patrick Williams declares for NBA Draft

The ACC’s Sixth Man of the Year is headed to the league.

NCAA Basketball: Boston College at Florida State Glenn Beil-USA TODAY Sports

Florida State freshman Patrick Williams had a breakout season, nabbing Sixth Man of the Year honors for his play as an essential part for the ACC champions.

Now, he’s headed to the NBA.

“I’d like to thank my parents, because without them this giant step in my career would not be possible,” said Williams. “I’d also like to thank Coach Hamilton and his entire staff because they have all helped me mature as a player and a person. Most of all, I’d like to thank my teammates for being brothers and for supporting me wholeheartedly and helping me make this decision.”

Williams first broke out as a heavy Seminoles’ contributor in the third game of the season, and then continued a breakout season that saw him average 9.2 points a game and four rebounds, while dishing out 29 assists, blocking 30 shots and forcing 29 turnovers.

“We are very happy for Patrick and his family,” head coach Leonard Hamilton said in a press release. “Patrick has worked very hard to put himself in a position where he can realize his dream of playing professional basketball. He has the support of a wonderful family who has helped make him the extraordinary person he is today. There are so many tremendous things ahead for Patrick and our staff could not be more thrilled for him.”

He committed to Florida State as the No. 40 prospect in the nation in 2018.

The Seminoles will be losing sophomore guard Devin Vassell to the draft, as well as senior Trent Forrest.

Williams is largely considered a late first round pick, although he’s shown up more toward the later end, when compared to Vassell.

Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman weighed in with his thoughts on Williams:

Williams season highlights: