What makes this player NASTY…(Strengths): Carries an NBA frame. Moves his feet well on the perimeter when playing defense and can also serve as a rim protector (Florida ‘19). Has a lethal second jump that make up for his lack of ideal height. Provides some lineup flexibility. Can defend both of the forward positions. Shot 32-percent from the three- point line in limited attempts. Excellent free throw shooter. Drives to the hoop with both hands.
Weaknesses: Williams didn’t start a game for FSU this past season and averaged just 22 minutes a game. The Seminoles were talent-laden and didn’t ask for Williams to ever be a focal point in the offense. What will be his offensive niche at the next level? This is a player who scouts will have to make a projection on in the future rather than rely on game film.
- Attended West Charlotte High School (NC) and played in the Jordan Brand Classic Game in 2019
- Named the 2019-20 ACC Sixth Man of the Year and earned ACC All-Freshman honors
- The third one-and-done in the school’s history: Malik Beasley and Jonathan Isaac were the others
- Both parents, Janie and Eddie, played basketball at Johnson C. Smith University
- 2019-2020 (29 games, 0 sts): 9.2 PPG, 46% FG, 84% FT, 4.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 1.0 BPG, 1.0 SPG
Time to get NASTY (Our Summary):
Williams plays with a nastiness and a competitive spirit that allows him to overcome his match ups with taller players. In an ideal world, the freshman forward would have played more minutes than he did as a Seminole. Williams’ willingness to crash the glass and his above average shooting mechanics should serve him well early in his career as he carves out a role in an NBA rotation.