|DraftExpress: Every time Reggie Williams was asked to play real basketball (France 2008/2009, Spain earlier this year) he failed miserably. Big red flag.|
|DraftExpress: RT @ScottSchroeder: Since @DraftExpress started going in on Reggie Williams, I've got four texts from NBA people. Three of the four agre ...|
|DraftExpress: Sure, Reggie Williams can make 3s. But so can a lot of other 6-4 guys who would play for the minimum. They might actually try on defense too|
|DraftExpress: Shocking development here. No one could have seen this one coming. RT @TheHoopsMarket: Caja Laboral and Reggie Williams part ways|
|DraftExpress: Little remembered fact: Reggie Williams played in Europe already. Averaged 12.5 ppg in 30 minutes (22% 3P) on a bad team in France in 08-09.|
H: 6' 2"|
W: 180 lbs
Current: G |
High School: Landstown HS
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
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D-League Showcase: Day Three|
January 7, 2010
One of the more intriguing stat-lines to emerge from this season’s early going are the monster scoring numbers that Reggie Williams has produced for Sioux Falls—25 points per game on 58% shooting from the field and 39% from beyond the arc. This might not come as that much of a surprise considering that Williams led the NCAA in scoring for two straight seasons, but many scouts were quick to write that off as being a product of playing for a ridiculous fast-paced VMI team that more often than not surpassed the 100 point per game mark.
Williams has one of the more unique styles of play that you’ll find at pretty much any level of basketball. Undersized, not overly strong, fast, or explosive, and with a body that looks like it could stand to shed a good 10-15 pounds—Williams surely doesn’t look the part of a scoring machine, but that’s exactly what he is. He has an amazing knack for finding buckets, be it with his off the ball movement, getting to the rim in transition, pulling up for awkward lefty jumpers in 10-15 feet, or drilling spot-up jumpers with his feet set from beyond the arc.
His coach Tony Fritz is clearly his biggest fan. “He amazes me all the time with the way he finds ways to score within the flow of the game. All of a sudden you look up at the scoreboard and see that he has 25 points, and you wonder, how the heck did he manage to do that?”
The biggest story to report about Williams’ development revolves around the improvement of his perimeter shot. Only a 28% 3-point shooter as a college senior, Williams made just 21% of his 3-point attempts as a rookie in France last season playing for Dijon. This year he’s upped that to a far more respectable 38%, despite the fact that he’s now shooting NBA 3-pointers (more than 3 feet further back). He has a fairly ugly flat-footed stroke, but finds a way to get the job done thanks to his consistent mechanics and excellent touch.
Williams continues to get to the free throw line at a very good rate, something he’s done throughout his career. Despite showing an average first step and less than incredible advanced ball-handling skills, Williams relies on his excellent timing and scoring instincts to attack unbalanced defenses and make his way to the rim. He does a great job initiating contact and finishing aggressively despite the fact that he’s not the most explosive player around, and is even better at finding spaces in the mid-range area to pull-up off the dribble and make crafty shots with his terrific touch.
Williams’ biggest weakness as an NBA prospect clearly revolves around his play on the defensive end. He lacks lateral quickness in a major way and struggles badly trying to stay in front of athletic slashers already at the D-League level. While his effort level is usually solid and his wingspan is above average, he can’t be described as anything more than a mediocre defender, something that is clearly holding him back.
Williams regardless is a guy that teams need to take a look at, as he has outstanding scoring instincts and is producing in a huge way in a very efficient manner. He might not be the top swingman prospect in the D-League, but he can’t be that far off.
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Cross-Country Workout Swing: Part One, PTC @IMG Academy
May 16, 2008
The NCAA’s #1 scorer is probably also the NCAA’s most unorthodox player, and seeing him again in person did nothing to change that notion. Showing decent size and a phenomenal wingspan, Williams is about as crafty as they get with his moves, and is also a pretty solid shooter to boot. He’s not an incredible athlete and obviously has work to do with his ball-handling skills and pull-up jumper, but he’s an intriguing player who should get invited to Orlando and lots of individual workouts. If the NBA does not happen for him this season, he's going to make himself a lot of money in Europe thanks to his strong all-around game.
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All-Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, Third-Team
April 22, 2008
The #1 scorer in the NCAA over the last two years did not disappoint in Portsmouth, putting the ball in the basket at a very nice rate while doing so on scorching percentages and still finding a way to put his basketball IQ and terrific unselfishness on display throughout the camp.
Not particularly big, strong, or athletic, Williams makes up for his average physical tools with his excellent wingspan and outstanding feel for the game. He has a great knack for finding ways to score points, particularly with his shiftiness slithering his way around defenders, showing excellent body control and hesitation moves operating inside the arc. He’s a very crafty player, lulling his man to sleep and then getting past him before throwing up a pretty one-handed floater (ala Chris Douglas-Roberts), with range that extends out to about 17 feet. His craftiness also shows up in his passing ability, which looked terrific at Portsmouth, and helped him average nearly 4 assists per game as a senior.
Not particularly gifted with his first step, Williams still found ways to get to the basket in VMI’s dynamic dribble-drive motion offense, which led the NCAA in pace and scoring. His versatility was displayed in the way he was able to get points in the post and particularly in transition, where his smarts and instincts really shined the most. His lack of strength and explosiveness does hinder him from finishing around the basket, though, particularly when faced with a good weak-side defender rotating over.
Williams hit 8 of his 13 shots from behind the arc in his three games at Portsmouth, which was an aberration from his season totals over the past two seasons, where he’s hit 119 of 392 attempts, or just 30% in 58 games. He shoots a strange side-winding shot off a short bounce, which at times looks very flat and loses accuracy when shooting off the dribble. Since he’s not a great athlete or shot-creator, he would probably need to be a great perimeter shooter, which he clearly isn’t, even if his Portsmouth performance may give scouts some room for pause.
Defensively, there are serious concerns about Williams’ ability to guard his position in the NBA, as his lateral quickness is average, and his intensity level not good enough to compensate for that. He does have very good length, though, which helps him get in the passing lanes, but this had a lot to do with his team’s gambling style of defense. His length helps him out significantly as a rebounder as well, and he in turn amazingly averaged nearly 10 boards per game, spending significant time at the power forward position for VMI.
All in all, Williams has probably earned himself another look at the Orlando pre-draft camp with his gaudy college numbers and his strong showing at Portsmouth, even if there are quite a few question marks about how his game will translate to the NBA.
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Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Day Two)
April 11, 2008
Reggie Williams was the game’s leading scorer at 22 points on 9-13 shooting (4-5 from beyond the arc)—showing those in attendance that he did not lead the country in scoring by accident. He was awesome coming off screens and knocking down shots, despite his strange mechanics. He also displayed better athleticism than we may be giving him credit for by finishing a thunderous alleyoop lob, and also showed a nice basketball IQ and solid unselfishness by making a number of excellent passes to open teammates (helping him net 6 assists). We’ll be keeping a close eye on him for the rest of his game, even though his average lateral quickness and ball-handling skills may limit his NBA potential in the long-run.
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Top NBA Draft Prospects in the 'Other' Conferences (Part Two: #6-#10)
November 2, 2007
The #1 scorer in the country last year finally finds himself a spot in this preview, after unsuccessfully trying to declare for the 2007 draft due to his coach “forgetting” to send in the necessary paperwork to allow his star player to explore playing at the next level. With that in mind, Williams returns to VMI for his senior year, with plenty to prove in terms of showing that his terrific scoring ability is not just a by-product of VMI’s incredibly unconventional offensive tempo—having led the NCAA in points (100.9), assists (14.8) and possessions (93.2) amongst other stats, with all-time records even broken in steals and 3-pointers attempted and made.
Watching him on tape, it’s pretty clear that he’s an extremely talented player regardless of the system he plays in. He wouldn’t have led the country by a huge margin by averaging 35 points per 40 minutes (on 53% shooting) if he wasn’t. Williams has decent size, complimented by extremely long arms, although physically he could still stand to add some bulk to his skinny frame. He’s often the one who brings the ball up the floor for VMI, acting as the defacto point guard very often. Williams can get to the basket using either hand, although he’s a natural lefty with somewhat improvable ball-handling skills. He gets to the free throw line at an excellent rate (8 attempts per game), even if his 66% averages here are nothing to boast about. He is probably a better shooter than his 32% averages from behind the arc would indicate, though, showing a quick release and deep range, but also being somewhat on the streaky side because of his poor shot-selection (which his team’s style of play is largely responsible for). He also gets points in the post, from mid-range, and from everywhere else on the floor, being extremely sneaky in the way he slithers around players and knocks down tough shots. He doesn’t ever knock your socks off with his athleticism, though.
Williams is an extremely smart player, highly unselfish as ridiculous as it might sound considering that he attempted a whopping 24 shots per game. His 4.4 assists per game tell the story nicely, though, as it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that he has absolutely terrific court vision with the way he finds teammates creatively with bullet passes when they expect it least. He’s also a very good rebounder, aided greatly by his length and timing and the fact that he played almost a power forward type role on this end, despite being somewhat of a point guard offensively.
Defensively, he’s a little bit difficult to evaluate due to the amount of zone his team plays, and the fact that they run a lot of full-court press and gamble an awful lot in the passing lanes. With that said, in the few isolated half-court possessions we were able to evaluate, he seemed a bit lackadaisical at times, not showing the greatest lateral quickness in the world.
All in all, we feel like we still need to see more of Williams before we draw any real long-term conclusions about his NBA potential, as his footage isn’t as easy to come by as some other prospects, and the system he plays is pretty unconventional to say the least. You never want to rule out a 6-5 scoring machine, though, so we’ll be sure to stay tuned.
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NCAA Weekly Performers, 2/20/07-- Part One
February 21, 2007
Standing around 6-5, he has decent size for his position, with a good build to boot. Athletically he is solid, with a nice first step and the ability to get off the floor fairly well, although probably nothing to write home about. He’s left-handed, and can score in many different ways, either from the post, putting the ball on the floor, from mid-range, or especially shooting from deep. He brings the ball up the floor for VMI sometimes, and is a solid ball-handler and a very good passer, as his 4.1 assists per game would indicate. In terms of shot-selection, he has absolutely no conscious as you’d probably guess from his 7.4 3-point attempts per game, but considering VMI’s style of play, his coach probably wouldn’t have it any other way.
In terms of weaknesses, you have to wonder what he’s going to hang his hat on in the NBA. Not a freakish athlete, his ball-handling and outside shooting don’t stand out enough to make up for his weaknesses here. Defensively, there are major questions about who exactly he is going to guard, but we’d like to see him in a real half-court defense before we draw some final conclusions. Because his team lacks size, he often plays the power forward spot for them, although they really don’t have any positions in a traditional sense.
All in all, he’s a very good basketball player, but it’s hard to say that he has an abundance of NBA qualities at his disposal. He’ll surely get his fair share of invites to camps and workouts next year (he’s only a junior) if he keeps producing at the level he has so far, and if anything, a long and prosperous career overseas is virtually guaranteed for him.
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