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Prospect Profile

Derrick Williams

  • Full Name: Derrick Williams
  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-8 / 241
  • Birthdate: May 25, 1991
  • College: Arizona
Minnesota Timberwolves Round 1: Pick 2

Strengths:

  * Intelligent; has a great understanding of the game
  * Always seems to take good shots
  * Versatile inside/outside scorer
  * Great three-point shooter
  * Can get past defenders in the paint and finish

Weaknesses:

  * Needs to work on mid-range jumper
  * What’s his true position, three of four?
 

NBA projection:
Some experts think Williams will be the No. 1 pick in the draft. That selection would be based on potential, but also on Williams' productivity in just his second season of college basketball. His numbers, particularly his three-point percentage and number of free throws attempted, were off the charts and underscore how intelligent he is. He's always looking for the best shot he can take, which will serve him well at the next level, where it pays to be efficient.

2010-11 Season:
Williams emerged this season and became the Pac-10 Player of the Year and was in the conversation for national POY. He scored 741 points, the third highest total in school history, shot nearly 60 percent from the field and from 3-point range and led the national in free throw attempts.

Key statistics:
19.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.1 apg, 2.6 tpg, 1.0 spg, 0.7 bpg, 30.0 mpg, .595 FG, .568 3PT, .746 FT

Cool statistic:
Williams took 331 free throws, the most in Division I. Connecticut's Kemba Walker was second with 315.

Reminds me of:
Michael Beasley

What Insiders Say:
Arizona coach Sean Miller
"To be the [Pac-10] Player of the Year and lead our team to the championship is the greatest compliment you can pay Derrick. But looking at his percentages, shooting the three, the number of free throw attempts, his rebounding, being at his best in big games, he's had a sensational sophomore year and deserves to be considered among the nation's elite, no question."

What Outsiders Say:
Memphis coach Josh Pastner
"You've got to give the second credit to Sean Miller for the job he's done in developing Derrick. I thought Derrick was going to be very good, but not to this level. And that's a credit to Sean for what he's done in developing him. The guy can score all over the place, he can shoot the three. You look at his numbers, he can score in the paint. He can pass. He's a lottery pick."

Texas coach Rick Barnes
"He's a great player. Great players can give it to you a lot of different ways, whether it's inside, outside, somewhere in between, what they can do on the defensive end. And, again, he's a player that's Player of the Year. Yeah, he creates problems. You've got to be able to step out there and be close enough to him because he shoots I think the highest percentage on our team from the three and they move him around. I think they do a nice job on their offense running some motion, coming back to them, and trying to get your defense a little discombobulated. But he's a terrific player. There is no doubt you've got to know where he is at all times."

Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.

Arizona
Season G MPG FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT RPG APG SPG BPG PTS AVG
2009-10 31 28.2 162 282 .574 158 232 .681 7.1 0.7 0.6 0.6 486 15.7
2010-11 38 30.0 226 380 .595 247 331 .746 8.3 1.1 1.0 0.7 741 19.5
Totals 69 29.2 388 662 .586 405 563 .719 7.7 0.9 0.8 0.7 1227 17.8
Three-point field goals: 2009-10, 4-for-16 (.250); 2010-11, 42-for-74 (.568). Totals: 46-for-90 (.511).

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