Former West Charlotte standout goes No. 4 overall in NBA Draft

By Richard Walker

One local product heard his name called – and early – in Wednesday’s NBA Draft while two others will have to wait to find out their future professional destinations.

West Charlotte High’s Patrick Williams was the No. 4 overall pick of the Chicago Bulls. Williams averaged 9.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game for Florida State and coach Leonard Hamilton, a Gastonia native.

Patrick Williams

A 6-foot-8, 225-pounder, Williams was considered a late lottery selection but his stock climbed higher and higher throughout the pre-draft process.

Not selected were former Charlotte Providence Day standout Devon Dotson and former Forestview, Northside Christian and Gaston Day standout Nate Hinton.

Both are expected to be signed to NBA free agent contracts as soon as Thursday.

Dotson, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound guard, averaged 14.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists in two seasons at Kansas. He was an All-Big 12 honoree both seasons he played for the Jayhawks.

Hinton, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound guard and forward, averaged 8.8, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists during his two-year career at the University of Houston. He was a 2019 All-American Athletic Conference freshman team selection and second team All-AAC pick in 2020.