Rockets.com continues its look at draft prospects leading up to the Houston Rockets 8th and 32nd selections in the upcoming 2006 NBA Draft on June 28. Our coverage concludes with four additional profiles. Marcus Williams, Rudy Gay, Brandon Roy and Adam Morrison.
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Huskies junior guard Marcus Williams is an early entry candidate for the 2006 NBA Draft. Williams appeared in 70 games in his three seasons at Connecticut, averaging 9.0 points and 7.3 assists. He also ranks as the all-time assists per game leader in UConn history.
As a junior, Williams averaged 12.3 points and a conference-leading 8.6 assists in 23 games. The 6-foot-3 guard was named to the All-Big East Second Team and the NCAA Washington, D.C. Regional All-Tournament Team in 2005-06. Overall, he averaged 20.0 points and 8.8 assists in the NCAA Tournament. Williams also totaled seven double-doubles and one triple-double on the year, while handing out eight or more assists in 16 of his 23 games.
In addition to holding the top spot at UConn in career assists per game (7.3), Williams also holds the Huskies single-game assist record, totaling 16 helpers vs. Central Connecticut (12/22/04) and again at Notre Dame (1/30/05). Williams also led the Big East and finished third in the nation by averaging 7.8 assists as a sophomore, earning Big East Most Improved Player and All-Big East Third-Team accolades.
Connecticut sophomore forward Rudy Gay is an early entry candidate for the 2006 NBA Draft. Gay appeared in 64 games in his two seasons with the Huskies, averaging 13.6 points and 5.9 rebounds.
As a sophomore, Gay was a consensus All-America selection, becoming the sixth player in UConn history to gain such recognition. He earned NABC First-Team honors and was one of four finalists for the Naismith National Player of the Year Award. The 6-foot-9 forward also picked up Second-Team All-America selection by The Associated Press and USBWA. In addition, Gay was named to the All-Big East, All-NABC and All-USBWA First Teams, while earning a spot on the 2006 NCAA Washington, D.C. Regional All-Tournament Team. Gay led the Huskies in scoring with 15.2 points per game in 2005-06, while averaging 6.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.58 blocks per contest.
As a freshman in 2004-05, Gay was named the National Freshman of the Year by The Sporting News and was the Big East Rookie of the Year. Overall, Gay averaged 11.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in his first season with the Huskies.
Washington senior guard Brandon Roy finished his collegiate career as the 10th all-time leading scorer in school history (1,477 points) and ranked sixth in career assists (308). Roy, who helped the Huskies make back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances for the first time in school history, was also an early entry candidate for the 2002 NBA Draft before withdrawing his name from consideration.
Roy earned consensus First-Team All-America honors and was named Pac-10 Player of the Year after leading Washington to a 26-7 record as a senior. An All-Pac-10 First-Team selection and Washington’s Most Valuable Player, Roy topped the Huskies in scoring (20.2 ppg), assists (4.1 apg) and blocks (0.79 bpg), while ranking among the Pac-10 league leaders in points, assists and 3-point field goal percentage (.402, 39-97 3FG). His 20.2 points per game was the highest figure by a UW player since Chris Welp averaged 20.8 in 1986-87. Roy was also a finalist for the Wooden Award, the Naismith Award, the Oscar Robertson Trophy and the Adolph F. Rupp Trophy in 2005-06.
The 6-foot-6 guard was just the second player in UW history to earn Pac-10 Player of the Year. He joined Welp, who received the conference’s top honor following his junior season in 1985-86. Roy also garnered Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 accolades as a sophomore and junior.
Gonzaga forward Adam Morrison is an early entry candidate for the 2006 NBA Draft. In 2005-06, Morrison and Duke guard J.J. Redick shared NABC Player of the Year honors, as well as the Oscar Robertson Player of the Year Trophy. Morrison finished his collegiate career as the third all-time leading scorer in Gonzaga history with 1,867 points.
As a junior, Morrison led the nation in scoring (28.1 ppg) and was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year. Morrison, a finalist for the Wooden and Naismith Awards, was also named the Chevrolet Player of the Year as selected by CBS Sports. He helped guide the Zags to a 29-4 mark and an Elite Eight finish in the 2006 NCAA Tournament. The unanimous First-Team All-American was just the second Bulldog to win the national scoring title, joining Frank Burgess, who accomplished the same feat with his 32.4 points per contest for Gonzaga in 1960-61. Morrison’s 926 points in 2005-06 topped Burgess’ single-season school record of 842 points from that same 1960-61 campaign.
Morrison also finished third in scoring (19.0 ppg) in the WCC as a sophomore and was part of the WCC All-Freshman Team. In addition, he was a member of the 2004 USA World Championship for Young Men Qualifying Team that earned a gold medal at the World Championships held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Texas sophomore forward LaMarcus Aldridge is an early entry candidate for the 2006 NBA Draft. He is the fifth Longhorn to leave college early for the NBA, joining LaSalle Thompson (1982), Chris Mihm (2000), Maurice Evans (2001) and T.J. Ford (2003). In 53 career games at Texas, Aldridge averaged 13.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per contest.
Aldridge earned Third-Team All-America honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year accolades, helping the Longhorns reach the Elite Eight in the 2006 NCAA Tournament. He averaged 15.0 points on .569 shooting, 9.2 rebounds and a team-high 1.97 blocks per game to earn a share of the team’s Most Valuable Player honor with teammate P.J. Tucker. He also recorded 16 double-doubles in 37 games, tying for fifth place on the UT single-season chart.
As a freshman, Aldridge started the first 16 games of the year at center before suffering a season-ending injury to his left hip in the second half of the win at Nebraska (1/15). At the time of his injury, Aldridge ranked tied for fifth on the team in scoring (9.9 ppg), third in rebounding (5.9 rpg), second in blocks (24) and led the team in field goal percentage (.663).
Kentucky sophomore guard Rajon Rondo is an early entry candidate for the 2006 NBA Draft. In two seasons with the Wildcats, Rondo averaged 9.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.29 steals in 68 career games.
In his second season with Kentucky, Rondo was named Second-Team All-SEC by the league’s coaches after leading the SEC in assists (4.9) and finishing second in steals (2.03). The 6-foot-1 sophomore also averaged 11.2 points and 6.1 rebounds in 34 games. Rondo recorded the most assists in a game by a UK player since 1998 with 12 helpers (no turnovers) against Mississippi. He was named SEC Co-Player of the Week (Dec. 19) after scoring a career-high 25 points and dishing out seven assists against Louisville. Rondo also grabbed 19 rebounds against Iowa, which were the most by a UK player in 12 seasons and the most-ever by a Wildcats guard.
As a freshman, Rondo was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team. He set the UK single-season record for steals with 87, surpassing Wayne Turner’s mark of 79 set back in 1996-97. Rondo’s 2.56 steals per game (87 in 34 games) also led the SEC. He actually needed just 20 games to break Keith Bogans’ freshman steals record of 47 (set in 1999-00).
Arkansas junior guard Ronnie Brewer is an early entry candidate for the 2006 NBA Draft. He finished his stay with the Razorbacks ranked 16th in career scoring (1,416; 15.7 ppg), seventh in steals (216), 10th in assists (299) and tied for 10th in free throws made (326).
As a junior, Brewer was a finalist for the Wooden Award and was named First-Team All-SEC by both the Associated Press and the SEC coaches. He averaged 18.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and an SEC-best 2.59 steals in leading Arkansas back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001. In addition to leading the league in steals, he was second in scoring, 10th in field goal percentage (.441) and 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.49). In SEC play only, he led the conference in scoring (18.8 ppg).
Brewer helped the Hogs go 22-10 in 2005-06, which marked the team’s most victories since the 1999 club went 23-11. Arkansas was also 10-6 and tied for second in the SEC Western Division this past season, marking its best conference finish since 2001. As a sophomore, Brewer earned First-Team All-SEC selection from the league’s coaches after leading the Razorbacks in scoring (16.2 ppg). The 6-foot-7 guard also made the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2003-04.
Guard Randy Foye finished his collegiate career as the eighth all-time leading scorer in Villanova history with 1,966 points, an average 15.0 points over 131 career outings. He also grabbed 625 career rebounds (4.8 rpg), tallied 416 assists (3.2 apg) and had 198 steals (1.51 spg) with the Wildcats.
As a senior, Foye helped guide Villanova to a 28-5 record and into the Elite Eight of the 2006 NCAA Tournament. A Wooden Award finalist, Foye was the only player on the Wildcats to start in all 33 games. Foye earned First-Team All-America honors from NABC, NCBWA and The Sporting News after averaging a team-high 20.5 points per game. The 6-foot-4 guard also picked up Big East Player of the Year, Big 5 Outstanding Player of the Year and Big East First-Team All-Conference honors in 2005-06.
Named along with Allan Ray as the top backcourt duo in America (SI.com, Jan. 19), Foye ranked second per game on the Wildcats in rebounds (5.8), assists (3.0) and steals (1.39) this past season. Foye also scored 29 points and grabbed six rebounds in an overtime win over Boston College in the Sweet 16. He had 27 points, eight rebounds and two steals in Villanova’s Elite Eight loss to the eventual NCAA Champion Florida.
Memphis forward Rodney Carney was a consensus All-America Second-Team selection after leading the Tigers to a 33-4 mark and a spot in the Elite Eight in the 2006 NCAA Tournament. The 6-foot-7 senior was also a finalist for three national Player of the Year honors (Naismith Award, Oscar Robertson Trophy, Adolph F. Rupp Trophy). Carney finished his collegiate career ranked among Conference USA career leaders in scoring (fourth) and 3-pointers made (third).
As a senior, Carney topped the Tigers in scoring (17.2 ppg) and 3-point field goal percentage (.391, 102-261 3FG) to earn Conference USA Player of the Year. He was also named to the All-Conference USA First Team and the Conference USA All-Tournament Team. Carney also participated in the College Basketball Slam Dunk Championships at the 2006 NCAA Final Four.
Carney moved into third on the Memphis career scoring list this past season, finishing with 1,901 points (trailing only Keith Lee and Elliot Perry). He also set the school records for career 3-pointers made (287) and 3-pointers made in a season (102 in 2005-06). In addition, Carney earned selection on the 2005 All-Conference USA Second Team and the 2003 Conference USA All-Freshman Team.
Duke forward Shelden Williams was named the National Defensive Player of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, becoming just the fifth player to repeat as NABC Defensive Player of the Year. Williams also shared Duke’s Most Valuable Player honors with J.J. Redick, as the two led the Blue Devils to the school’s ninth straight Sweet Sixteen appearance. The duo averaged a combined 45.6 points per game (Redick 26.8, Williams 18.8), the second highest scoring average by teammates in Duke history.
As a senior, Williams registered one of the most dominating defensive seasons in ACC history, leading Duke in rebounding (10.7 rpg) and blocked shots (3.81 bpg) while finishing second in steals (1.67 spg). He also topped the ACC in rebounding and blocks, and was in the top five in steals. Williams helped Duke to a 32-4 record and its seventh ACC Championship in eight years, including three in his tenure. Duke also won two regular season championships and advanced to the 2004 Final Four during his career. Williams was named 2005-06 First-Team All-America by several publications, including the AP, Wooden and Rivals.com.
Holder of Duke’s top two single-season marks for blocked shots (137 in 2005-06 and 122 in 2004-05), Williams was also named the 2005 NABC National Defensive Player of the Year and the 2005 ACC Defensive Player of the Year. The 6-foot-9 forward was also an ACC All-Defensive Team selection as a sophomore and received ACC All-Freshman Honorable Mention accolades.
Duke’s J.J. Redick ranks as the most prolific 3-point shooter in the history of college basketball, tallying an NCAA-record 457 treys during his career. In 2005-06, Redick made 139 3-pointers on 42.4 percent shooting from behind the arc. He is also second among the NCAA’s all-time leaders in free throw percentage at 91.2 percent. Redick concluded his Duke career with 2,679 points to become the school’s and ACC’s career scoring leader.
As a senior, Redick was the nation’s second leading scorer with an average of 27.4 points per game as the Blue Devils went 32-4 en route to both the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season and tournament titles.
The 6-foot-4 guard capped an exceptional college career by winning this season’s Naismith Trophy Men’s College Player of the Year, The Associated Press Player of the Year and the John R. Wooden award, presented to the nation’s best basketball player. Redick also won the 2005 Amateur Athletic Union James E. Sullivan Memorial Award, given annually to the nation’s top amateur athlete. In doing so, he beat out Texas quarterback Vince Young, as well as Southern California’s Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush.
Redick also earned All-America First-Team honors from the Associated Press and the United States Basketball Writers’ Association. He was also named the ACC’s Player of the Year for a second year in a row, becoming the first player to win in consecutive seasons since Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan (1996-97).