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Michael Carter-Williams

  • Full Name: Michael Carter-Williams
  • Position: Point Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-6 / 184
  • Birthdate: June 12, 1991
  • College: Syracuse
Philadelphia 76ers Round 1: Pick 11
 

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Strengths
- Great size for his position
- Excellent passer
- Length
- Active defender
- Great court vision
- Good penetrator

Weaknesses
- Has to get bigger and stronger
- Jumper has to get more consistent
- Has to cut down on turnovers

NBA projection
Carter-Williams has been projected as a lottery pick. He can already impact games with his passing ability and his defensive prowess. When he adds size and strength and improves his jump shot so defenders can’t play off him and shut down his ability to penetrate, he’ll have the entire package.

2012-13 Season
Even though he didn’t play that much as a freshman, Carter-Williams was counted on from day one as a sophomore, and he delivered. He set a school record for steals and handed out 292 assists, the second-highest single season total in school history. He finished fourth in the nation in steals and fifth in assists. Carter-Williams started the season strong and ended it that way, delivering 24 points in a Sweet 16 upset of No. 1-seeded Indiana and then racking up 12 points, eight boards, six assists and five steals against Marquette to earn the NCAA Tournament East Regional MOP award.

Key statistics
11.9 ppg | 5.1 rpg | 7.3 apg | 3.4 tpg | 2.8 spg | 35.2 mpg | .393 FG | .292 3PT | .694 FT

Cool statistic
Carter-Williams piled up eight points-assists double-doubles, including five in a row.

Reminds me of...
Sam Cassell

What Insiders Say
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim
“He's still working on his shooting. That's the one element, when he gets that he will be, I think… he's obviously a very, very good player. When his shooting gets better he will be a great player. He understands the game, he sees the game, he's got a great feel for the game of basketball.”

What Outsiders Say
Marquette coach Buzz Williams
“Michael Carter‑Williams forces rotation, because he's so good off the bounce, you can either give him a layup or you better figure out how you're going to rotate to try to stop the penetration, and you hate to leave [James Southerland] because he's as good a shooter as there is in the country.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.