2012-13 COLLEGE STATS
- Big point guard with elite size
- Can score from anywhere
- Great ball handler
- Excellent court vision
- Can play both the point and the two
- Quick first step
- Excellent floater in the lane
- Rangy defender who racks up steals
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING AROUND THE WEB
Apr 10 Update: Carter-Williams announced that he's declaring for the 2013 NBA Draft. The biggest question for NBA scouts with Carter-Williams is which prospect is he? Is he the player who shined through much of November and December and again in the early rounds of the NCAA tournament as a 6-6 Shaun Livingston clone who saw the floor, had a tight handle and could use his length and speed to get to the basket? Or was he the Carter-Williams of Big East play and the Final Four who struggled mightily with his jump shot and costly turnovers? Right now they are splitting things down the middle and calling him a likely late lottery pick. The talent is there and NBA teams love big point guards, but he's got to work on that jump shot.
A highly rated recruit coming out of high school, Michael Carter-Williams struggled to find playing time in Jim Boeheim's deep backcourt rotation during his freshman season at Syracuse. Despite the limited playing time, Carter-Williams showed enough during the time he was on the court to maintain a good amount of intrigue as a prospect.
A big time scorer in high school, Carter-Williams played more of a facilitator's role during his freshman year, and with pretty good success. His 8.1 assists per 40 minutes pace adjusted would have rated in the top-5 of our top-100 rankings if he had enough minutes to qualify, as would his ratio of assists per possessions.
Beyond the numbers, Carter-Williams did a very good job of playing in control, especially for a young player who had previously been required to create so much of his team's offense. Carter-Williams rarely looked out of sorts, not dominating the ball for extended stretches, limiting his turnovers, and taking quality shots.
High level passing ability … Tremendous length and height for his position combined with a high basketball IQ. Carter-Williams is a gifted athlete … He has the ability to handle the ball well for his size … Possesses the skill to burst through a first line of defenders, with a deceptive first step ... Can turn a broken play into points with an outstanding ability to find the open man ... Solid competitor ... Rebounds the ball very well for a player at his position…Defensively, his length allows him to create turnovers at a high rate… Ignites the fast break, finding streaking teammates for easy dunks, trailing shooters, or finishes at the rim on his own, MCW can be a handful for opposing defenders ... Was able to dominate running Boeheim’s offense at times, getting the ball to shooters in their spots, as well as lead the fast break, and create shots for himself ... A true ball hawk with excellent anticipation and reflexes put him into the top 10 in steals ...