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Hawks sign Carolina's Marvin Williams

Posted Wednesday, July 13, 2005

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The Atlanta Hawks signed No. 2 overall draft pick Marvin Williams on Tuesday. The North Carolina forward, Atlanta's highest selection since picking first in 1975, is the last of the top 10 draft picks to sign.

The 6-foot-9 Williams played one year for the NCAA champion Tar Heels before leaving early for the draft. He has been working out with the Hawks' summer league team the last two days. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The 19-year-old Williams averaged 11.3 points for North Carolina and was second in rebounding with a 6.6 average. His tip-in with 1 minute, 26 seconds remaining against Illinois in the NCAA title game broke a 70-all tie and propelled the Tar Heels to victory.

As a senior at Bremerton High School in Bremerton, Wash., Williams averaged 28.7 points, 15.5 rebounds, five blocks and five assists and earned McDonald's and Parade All-America honors.

Details of the contract were not disclosed, but The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Williams has a multiyear deal that will pay him about $3.8 million during the 2005-06 season.

Williams is expected to play for the Hawks at the Reebok Rocky Mountain Revue, a summer league that starts Friday. The Hawks fly to Salt Lake City on Thursday afternoon to play six games from July 15-22.

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Hawks sign Carolina's Marvin Williams
UNC's Marvin Williams.
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