Hawks 2005 Draft Night Press Release




Marvin Williams shakes hands with Commissioner Stern.

HAWKS SELECT MARVIN WILLIAMS NO. 2 OVERALL

Salim Stoudamire Picked at No. 31, Cenk Akyol Taken at No. 59

ATLANTA (June 28, 2005) -- With its highest draft pick in 30 years, the Atlanta Hawks selected versatile North Carolina forward Marvin Williams with the second overall pick in last night's NBA Draft. The team later selected Arizona product Salim Stoudamire with the 31st selection (first pick of the second round) and Cenk Akyol from Turkey with number 59 overall.

"We're excited to get a player and person of Marvin's (Williams) caliber, and we think he'll be an outstanding addition to our team," said Hawks Executive Vice President/General Manager Billy Knight. "His size and versatility allows him to be a matchup problem on both ends of the court. He is an effective inside player, has great range from the perimeter and displays outstanding ball-handling skills."

"Marvin has great skills and athleticism, and we are thrilled to add him to our strong nucleus of versatile and exciting young players," said Steve Belkin, Hawks co-owner and Governor. "He is a terrific young man who competes hard and will contribute so much to our franchise both on and off the court. Billy (Knight) and his staff are making the right moves to build on our strong foundation and we look forward to an exciting summer and the upcoming season for Hawks fans and this franchise."

An early-entry candidate for the 2005 NBA Draft, Williams provided key frontcourt depth off the bench to help University of North Carolina claim the 2005 NCAA title. His tip-in with 1:26 remaining in the NCAA championship game vs. Illinois broke a 70-70 tie, propelling UNC to a 75-70 victory. He was named ACC Rookie of the Year and was a unanimous selection to the ACC All-Freshman Team. Williams also earned All-Conference Honorable Mention honors.

Last season, Williams averaged 11.3 points and was second on the team with 6.6 rebounds per game. He finished fourth in the ACC in free throw percentage (.847) and 10th in rebounding (6.6 rpg). A five-time Rookie of the Week selection, he shot .506 from the field and .432 from three-point range.

"I look forward to having the opportunity to coach another talented, young player," said Hawks head coach Mike Woodson. "I thought Marvin really separated himself from the pack during our pre-draft workouts. His upside is huge, and we're very happy to have him in an Atlanta Hawks uniform. There's still room for him to grow, but I think the sky is the limit."

The 6-foot-9 Williams averaged 28.7 points, 15.5 rebounds, five blocks and five assists as a senior (2003-04) at Bremerton High School in Bremerton, WA, earning McDonald's and Parade All-America honors. A two-time all-state selection, he was named the Washington Player of the Year by the Associated Press. Williams averaged 23.9 points and 14 rebounds as a junior (2002-03) and was named area player of the year.

Marvin Gaye Williams was born June 19, 1986 in Bremerton, WA. He will wear uniform no. 24.

Stoudamire led the nation in three-point percentage last season (.504), and was named a Second Team All-American by AP and USBWA. He also earned First Team John R. Wooden Award All-American mention and First Team All-Pac-10 honors. The sharpshooter finished his career in ninth place in NCAA history in career three-point field goal percentage (.458) and tied for 18th in career three-point field goals made (342). He ranks as Arizona's fourth all-time leading scorer with 1,960 career points.

"We think Salim was the best shooter in college basketball last season, and is a threat anytime he's on the floor," Knight said. "His ability to shoot the basketball addresses one of our needs immediately. He's a competitor who raises his level of play during crunch time."

Last season, he ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring (18.4 ppg), notching over 20 points 15 times and surpassing the 30-point mark in three games. Stoudamire paced the Pac-10, ranked fourth nationally, and broke his own school single-season record in free throw percentage (.910).
Charles Salim Stoudamire was born October 11, 1982 in Portland, OR. He will wear uniform no. 20.

The 18-year-old Akyol (born 4/16/87) is a 6-foot-5 guard from Kadikoy, Turkey who plays for Efes Pilsen.

"We think he's a solid young player who contributes to his team at multiple positions," Knight said. "He will be playing in the European championships this summer, so we will get a chance to see him play again then."

NOTE: Williams will be introduced to the media at a 4 p.m. press conference Wednesday (June 29) on the Philips Arena practice court. Stoudamire will be made available on Thursday (June 30) at 2 p.m. at the Hawks offices in Centennial Tower (19th floor).