NBA Position: SF
Hometown: Hampton, VA
High School: Oak Hill Academy
- Explosive Leaper
- Quality Defender
- Streaky Shooter
- Inconsistent Shooter
The last of the prospects that has overplayed his expectations to start this season and is quickly beginning to look like a lottery talent is Indiana freshman forward Troy Williams. He is one of the most explosive athletes in this class and has shown, in flashes, the complete package of an NBA three.
Athletically, Williams is in his own class. He has a good frame that looks like it can add weight and strength at 6-7 190 lbs.
Williams is an active athlete with tremendous explosion and body control in the air. Activity and movement set Williams up to be one of the better rebounders for his position. He is very active on the offensive glass (2.0 per game) creating extra possessions for the offense.
With his leaping ability and quick second jump Williams is able to get in position for rebounds despite not having prototypical size.
On the defensive end Williams has good length to put pressure on ball-handlers and is very active, aggressive as a defensive play-maker. Right now he makes most of his defensive plays off of athletic ability and is learning how to play in a system, play assignments, and be a team defender. For his position he is a very good shot-blocker with good ball skills.
Activity is hard to measure, but Williams is able to use that to rebound the ball on both ends, make plays at the rim on the offensive end, and create opportunities on the defensive end.
Shooting is his biggest weakness at this stage. Williams is not a good shooter from three-point range, better in the mid-range, and most important, consistent from the free-throw line. He is not a bad shooter and the mechanics insist that he can improve over time. Athletically Williams is one of the best prospects in this class. He can jump out of the gym and he uses that for more than just highlights. There is substance to his game as a rebounder and defender.
Play-making and shooting are the biggest shortcomings for Williams at this stage in his development as a prospect that will primarily be a three at the next level.