TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Patrick Williams, who was named the 2020 ACC Sixth Man of the Year, was selected with the fourth overall pick in the first round of the 2020 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. As the No. 4 overall selection in the draft, he tied the school record for highest pick by a Seminole player – Dave Cowens by the Boston Celtics in 1970.
Williams was just the third One-and-Done player in school history following Malik Beasley (2016; Denver Nuggets) and Jonathan Isaac (2017; Orlando Magic) and played just one season at Florida State before embarking on his NBA career. Williams was named to the 2020 ACC All-Freshman Team as he finished his freshman season as the fourth leading scorer for the Seminoles. He helped lead the Seminoles to the 2020 ACC Championship with a 26-5 overall record and a 16-4 record in ACC play.
As the No. 4 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, Williams became just the fourth Seminole to be picked within the top seven picks of the NBA Draft. Cowens was the No. 4 overall selection of the Boston Celtics in 1970, Isaac was the No. 6 overall selection of the Orlando Magic in 2017 and George McCloud was the No. 7 overall selection of the Indiana Pacers in 1989.
“I’m excited to be a Chicago Bull,” Williams told seminoles.com. “They were one of the first teams I worked out for. Becoming a draft pick means that I have an opportunity; an opportunity that I have to make the most of.”
With Williams in the lineup for one season, the Seminoles won the regular season ACC Championship for the first time in school history and were the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament for the first time in 2020.
Williams averaged 9.2 points (fourth among his Seminole teammates), 4.0 rebounds (fourth), 1.1 blocked shots (first) and 1.0 steals (third) as he played in 29 of Florida State’s 31 games in 2020. He was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team and as the ACC’s Sixth Man of the Year – making him the second consecutive Seminole to win the award. Mfiondu Kabengele was named as the ACC’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2019 and was also a first round NBA pick in 2019. Williams ranked as Florida State’s fourth leading scorer despite not starting a single game and ranking fourth in minutes played per game (22.6 minutes per game). He led the Seminoles with his .838 shooting mark from the free throw line (62 of 74) and in blocked shots with 30.
Williams helped Florida State finish its 2020 season as the only undefeated team at home in the ACC with a 16-0 record. The Seminoles became the first conference team since the 2016-17 season (Florida State and North Carolina) to finish undefeated at home. Williams helped the Seminoles finish the 2019-20 season ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press and No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches poll.
“Patrick’s character, his work ethic and his coachability sets a standard for all young players to emulate,” said Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. “He is a guy who really displayed an attitude that he wanted to get better on the first day he became a Seminole. Patrick is a great teammate with tremendous attitude who will be a great fit for the Bulls. We are extremely happy for him.”
Williams is the first Seminole to be picked by the Bulls since Rowland Garrett in 1972.