Patrick
Williams
Position: SF
Height/Weight: 6-8 / 225 lbs
School/Club: Florida State
Status: Freshman
Birthday: 08/06/2001

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About Patrick Williams

Patrick Williams is an athletic forward with prototypical tools for an NBA forward and a budding offensive game that made him a key contributor from day one on a Florida State team that finished the year ranked in the top-5.  Widely regarded as a top-40 prospect in the high school class of 2019 at the conclusion of his prep career at West Charlotte High School (NC), he was named a Jordan Brand All-American. 

Quickly carving out a role for Head Coach Leonard Hamilton’s Seminoles, Williams flashed an impressive blend of athleticism and potential averaging 9.2 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 block over 22.6 minutes per game to earn ACC All-Freshman team honors.

  • Standing 6-foot-8 with a near 7-feet wingspan and a strong 225-pound frame, Patrick Williams has nice tools for a forward to go along with an impressive blend of quickness and leaping ability.
     
  • Filling a complementary role for a Seminoles team that did not rely heavily on any one scorer, Williams did a bit of everything offensively as a freshman.  Playing primarily off the ball, he showed potential as a floor spacer and lob threat, but also flashed budding ability as a pull-up jump shooter and slasher.  Still early in his development offensively, his physical tools and aggressiveness allowed him to make some valuable contributions. 
     
  • Possessing excellent tools defensively, Williams had some outstanding stretches last season despite his relative youth.  With the quickness to guard multiple positions and explosiveness to protect the rim, he has all the ingredients to grow into a versatile stopper.

Defensive Analysis

  • A gifted athlete with the size, length, and speed to guard multiple positions, Williams is a promising defender.  Able to slide with guards and fight for position inside, he held his own in a variety of situations but is still learning how to defend off the ball.
     
  • Improving as a rebounder late in the year to go along with the tremendous flashes he showed throughout the season using his length to make disruptive plays, Williams’s continued development as a stopper is a point of interest given his substantial upside.


Career Highlights

  • 2019-20 ACC Sixth Man of the Year.
  • Helped Florida State earn its first ACC regular-season championship in program history.
  • 2019-20 All-ACC Freshman Team.
  • Third player in program history to enter his name into the NBA Draft as a freshman, joining Malik Beasley (2016) and Jonathan Isaac (2017).


Freshman (2019-20)

  • Averaged 9.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, a team-leading 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steals in 22.2 minutes.
  • Led the team in free throw percentage (83.8). • Scored a career-high 18 points vs. Western Carolina (Nov. 15) and a conference-game-best 17 points in a win vs. Syracuse (Feb. 15).
  • Grabbed a career-high nine rebounds vs. North Carolina (Feb. 3).
  • Blocked a season-high four shots in just 17 minutes against Miami (Jan. 18).


High School

  • Averaged 22.1 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.8 blocks as a senior in 2018-19 for West Charlotte.
  • Participated in the 2019 Jordan Brand Classic.
  • Ranked by ESPN as the No. 34 recruit in his class.


Strengths

  • Physical specimen with an improving skill set.
  • Can play both inside and out.
  • Solid skill base with a soft touch and good feet.
  • Versatile and aggressive defender.


Personal

  • Mother, Janie, and father, Eddie, both played basketball at Johnson C. Smith University.
  • One of his first after-school jobs was delivering flowers for his mother’s shop in Charlotte


Quotable 

“He’s a superior athlete. He has the ability to go get rebounds in crowds. He has such fast-twitch muscles that he can spring up in an instant and get a nice, uncontested shot.”

-Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton