The NCAA tournament has always been known as a fantastic place for an under the radar senior to make a favorable final impression and improve his NBA chances in his last collegiate performance. On Thursday it was Christian Maraker who took advantage of this opportunity against Boston College, and on Saturday it was Omar Williams of George Washington against #1 seed Duke.
Williams has all the physical attributes and then some to make an NBA team this summer. He has good size for a small forward at 6-9, including a very nice frame and some incredibly long arms, as well as outstanding quickness, leaping ability and overall athleticism. He used his strengths to the fullest today, being extremely active on both ends of the court (to the tune of 15 rebounds), taking Shelden Williams off the dribble time after time to try and get him in foul trouble (although the refs were having none of that), and intimidating defensively around the rim. He also looked like the most poised decision maker of any of GWs players today, indeed making some nice passes, playing a season-high 36 minutes and showing solid leadership skills both on and off the floor.
Despite being a college senior he appears to be nowhere near to reaching his full potential as a player at this point, which is a good thing considering that hes still fairly raw overall. His ball-handling could still use some polish and his jump-shot looks shaky at best, only hitting six 3-pointers all year long. The NBA has never shied away from taking a player with the raw attributes they look for at a certain position and trying to develop them on their own. Having the NBDL at their disposal only makes this all the more likely. With that said, it probably wouldnt shock anyone to see Williams get a late invite to Portsmouth to see what he can do in a new setting, as well as get some NBA workouts this summer.