Grant
Williams
Position: SF
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 240 lbs
School/Club: Tennessee
Status: Junior
Birthday: 11/30/1998

 

About Grant Williams

Grant Williams is a strong-framed forward who showed marked improvement as a junior, establishing himself as one of the most impactful players in college basketball despite being younger than many sophomores.  A consensus top-225 prospect in the high school class of 2016 out of Providence Day School, Williams exceeded expectations averaging 12.6 points and 6 rebounds per game as a true freshman.  Showed some improvement as a sophomore to capture the SEC Player of the Year honors, Williams nonetheless had a breakout junior season emerging as one of the most efficient scorers in college basketball and evolving in several key areas to average 19 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game to earn a spot on the Consensus All-American 1st Team and guide Rick Barnes’s Volunteers to 31 wins.

  • Average size for a power forward measuring 6’7.5 in shoes with a 6’9.75 wingspan at the Draft Combine but compensates to some degree with an imposing, chiseled 240-pound frame.  A powerful athlete who is more strong than explosive, he makes the most of his physical tools playing extremely hard and possessing an excellent feel for his own strengths and weaknesses.
     
  • Filled a key role for a Tennessee team that looked like the best unit in the country for stretches, thanks in large part to his contributions inside.  Posted gaudy numbers in the post, finished at a tremendous rate, and got to the line at an astounding clip - continuing to do all the little things consistently over his three years at the college level while also showing growth as a jump shooter and passer.

Defensive Analysis

  • Physical interior defender who overcomes his lack of size with great timing and effort.  Good area rebounder who contributes more than his stats suggest boxing out.  Will try to protect the rim using verticality even if he is not the most prolific rim protector.  Shows some ability to switch onto the perimeter, but is more comfortable inside than on the perimeter.
     
  • Allowed only 0.628 points per Post Up possession[83rd percentile] despite teams regularly testing him in an effort to get him in foul trouble and off the floor.  Has good fundamentals off the ball as well.

Career Highlights

  • Consensus 2018-19 All-America First Team selection (AP, NABC, Sporting News and USBWA).
  • Finalist for the 2018-19 Wooden Award, Citizen Naismith and Oscar Robertson Trophy.
  • One of five finalists for the 2018-19 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year.
  • Two-time SEC Player of the Year (2017-18, 2018-19).
  • Ranks in the top 10 on Tennessee’s career charts in blocks (3rd), free throw attempts (3rd) and free throws made (4th). 

Junior (2018-19)

  • Led the SEC in scoring (18.8 ppg).
  • Ranked second in the conference in field goal percentage (56.5), fifth in free throw percentage (81.9) and sixth in rebounding (7.5 rpg).
  • Finished 20th in D-I in assists (3.2 apg) among frontcourt players.
  • His 23-for-23 performance from the free throw line at Vanderbilt (Jan. 23) marked the most free throws made without a miss by any player in Division I in the last 60 years. 

Strengths

  • Efficient and cerebral combo forward.
  • Relies on strength, intelligence and skill.
  • Effective mid-range scorer.
  • Regarded as an outstanding teammate. 

Personal

  • Mother, Teresa Johnson, is a NASA engineer in Houston.
  • Chose Tennessee over multiple Ivy League schools, including Harvard and Yale.
  • Performed in a musical as a High School Senior. 

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