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Prospect Profile

Jordan Williams

  • Full Name: Jordan Williams
  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-10 / 260
  • Birthdate: October 11, 1990
  • College: Maryland
New Jersey Nets Round 2: Pick 36


  * Great hands
  * Has touch around the basket
  * Runs the floor well for a big man
  * Good rebounder on both ends
  * Conditioning has improved


  * Needs to improve face-up game
  * Is defense good enough?
  * Free throw shooting

NBA projection:
Williams is trying to evaluate whether his game stacks up for NBA consideration. He won't hire an agent and can return to school if he doesn't hear what he wants to hear.

2010-11 Season:
Williams earned first-team All-ACC honors and third-team All-American recognition from at least two media outlets after averaging a double-double and leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in rebounding.

Key statistics:
16.9 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 1.6 tpg, 1.3 bpg, 32.5 mpg, .538 FG, .575 FT

Cool statistic:
Williams became the first Maryland player since Joe Smith in 1993-94 to lead the ACC in rebounding. He tied Len Elmore's record of 26 double-figure rebounding games set in 1973-74.

Reminds me of:
Brian Williams/Bison Dele (1991 first-round pick of the Orlando Magic)

What Insiders Say:
Maryland coach Gary Williams
"We had a player named Lonnie Baxter who played on our national championship team. And the one thing that I really liked about Lonnie is that even though he wasn't a great player, he really had great hands. You could throw him tough passes and he could catch the ball. And Jordan had that same ability."

"He's a power player. In college, you get away with some things being a power player. Whereas in the pros you either have to go over people or be quick enough to go around people. Or when they drop off you make a shot. Those are all areas Jordan can get better in. He understands that he still has to work."

What Outsiders Say:
Boston College coach Steve Donahue
"His ability on the low block is very different than everybody else's in college basketball. I think there are very few kids who can consistently score with their back to the basket. And he does that and is a handful. His ability to go over you and shoot over you consistently. Most coaches in college basketball will tell their guys, 'If you make a guy shoot over you, you've got a pretty good chance of him missing it.' But that kid does a great job of getting unbelievable position and his ability to score consistently down there makes him a handful."

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

2009-10 33 24.8 126 246 .512 64 121 .529 8.6 0.2 0.7 1.0 316 9.6
2010-11 33 32.5 213 396 .538 131 228 .575 11.8 0.6 0.7 1.4 557 16.9
Totals 66 28.6 339 642 .528 195 349 .559 10.2 0.4 0.7 1.2 873 13.2

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