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Terrence Williams
STRENGTHS:
- Executes offensively
- Transition play
- Versatility
- Ability to contest shots
- Ability to get in passing lanes
- All-around defense
- Lateral quickness
- Versatility to defend multiple positions
- Energy/Intensity
- Experience
- Physical Toughness
- Potential
- Role-player potential
- High-level productivity
- Level of competition
- Positional versatility
- Young for class
- Ability to create for others
- Assist to turnover ratio
- Court vision
- Athleticism
- Conditioning
- NBA body
- Size for position
- Wingspan
- Excellent rebounder
- 3-point shooting percentages
- Ability to catch and shoot
- Improved perimeter shot
WEAKNESSES:
- Ability to get to free throw line
- Ability to play at different speeds
- Efficiency
- Lacks significant offensive polish
- Out of control at times
- Settles for bad shots
- Ability to create own shot
- Struggles to create with off hand
- Basketball IQ?
- Questionable intangibles
- Ability to shoot off the dribble
- Free throw shooting
- Pull-up jumper
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DraftExpress: Like @ScottSchroeder pointed out, the Terrence Williams "demotion" by NJ didn't help the D-League at all,but otherwise we're seeing progress
2010-12-01 10:39:17
DX Orlando Summer League Review: Jrue Holiday, Terrence Williams, Derrick Brown, Byron Mullens & Mustafa Shakur reports http://bit.ly/de2oAs
2010-08-11 00:56:24
Anyone surprised that Derrick Favors' offensive explosion came as soon as Terrence Williams went to the bench? I'm not. T-Will is not a PG.
2010-07-09 12:08:14
Boston - New Jersey on now. Favors, Terrence Williams, Harangody, Zoubek, Uzoh, Lafayette, Parakhouski, Gaffney, etc. No Damion James.
2010-07-09 11:22:19
Totally zoned out. Worked on other things. Terrence Williams looked good when I was watching. RT @scrantonicity33: Thoughts on Utah-NJ game?
2010-07-08 20:51:07
Top 25s - Full List
RankCategoryTotal
10DRB/g7.2
21DRB/40p8.4
21DRB/408.4
6DRB266
18Reb317
13Ast/g5
25Ast/40p5.8
12Ast185
19Ast/Pos0.41
25Ast/FGA0.47
Team: Kings College Team: Louisville
PhysicalsPositionsRankings SalaryMisc
H: 6' 6"
W: 213 lbs
Bday: 06/28/1987
(26 Years Old)
Current: SG/SF
NBA:   SG
Possible: SG/SF
RSCI: 46
Agent: Aaron Goodwin
High School: Rainier Beach
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Drafted:  Pick 11 in 2009 by Nets
Best Case: Poor Man's Andre Iguodala
Worst Case: Dominic McGuire

Predraft Measurements
YearSourceHeight w/o ShoesHeight w/shoesWeightWingspanStanding ReachBody FatNo Step VertMax Vert
2009NBA Draft Combine6' 5"6' 6.25"2136' 9"8' 7.5"5.130.537.0

Basic Per Game Statistics - Comprehensive Stats - Statistical Top 25s
YearLeagueNameGPMinPtsFGFGAFG%2Pt2PtA2P%3Pt3PtA3P%FTMFTAFT%OffDefTOTAstsStlsBlksTOsPFs
2013/14DLEAGUETerrence Williams3435.720.67.317.442.04.610.345.02.77.137.63.35.362.40.84.45.16.31.40.22.71.2

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NBA Summer League Review 2010: Orlando Player Profiles
August 10, 2010
Much like Jrue Holiday, Terrence Williams had a mediocre showing in last year's Summer League joint venture between the New Jersey Nets and Philadelphia 76ers, but proved to be one of the most productive players at this year's event. Williams scored 22 or more points in the Nets' first four games before seeing just 5 minutes in their last contest due to an illness. After showing well late in what was a season to forget in New Jersey, Williams is slated to be an important part of an improved Nets backcourt and performed as such in Orlando.

With Derrick Favors still getting up to speed in the Nets first few Summer League games, Terrence Williams took full advantage of being his team's unquestioned go-to guy, using a sizeable 21.4 possessions per-game and functioning as his team's primary ball-handler and offensive facilitator. Arguably the top athlete in attendance, Williams was extremely assertive, both with his dribble and his jump shot. He won't have nearly as many touches at his disposal next season, but after a slow start in the first game, the Louisville product was at his best attacking the rim, showcasing his ability to play above the rim and fight through contact.

When he wasn't getting to the rim, Williams was showcasing his midrange jumper. Last season, Williams ranked neared the bottom of the League amongst guards in jump shooting efficiency off the dribble, but knocked down pull-up shot and pull-up shot after some struggles early. Williams seems to have developed a rhythm that he's especially comfortable with when attacking off the dribble with his right hand, but made some shots going left as well. Still erratic with his shot selection, Williams still needs to develop his catch and shoot game to become a complete off-ball threat offensive, but he showed significant improvement in arguably his weakest area in Orlando.

When Williams wasn't looking for his own offense, he had some good and bad moments distributing the ball. His first step and strength allows him to get to where he wants on the floor, and he used the pick and roll pretty effectively, however, he's still turnover prone and doesn't always mix his playmaking and scoring effectively. The latter was clear as he struggled to get the ball to Derrick Favors when the pair were on the floor together, and the fact that the rookie had his best game of the summer league with Williams out of the lineup in New Jersey's final game doesn't bode well in his favor.

Similarly, Williams was hit or miss defensively this week, especially with his effort level when closing out, but he has all the tools to effectively defend three positions and made that abundantly clear whenever his man tried to take him one on one. As is the case with most players with NBA contracts participating in the Summer League, Williams' defensive doesn't paint a picture of the intensity he shows during the regular season.

On the whole, Williams' Summer League performance isn't a great representation of what we can expect from him next season. He won't dominate the ball near as frequently playing next to Devin Harris, and will see many of his pick and roll touches shift to spot-up opportunities where he'll continue to be tested as a catch and shoot threat. Regardless of his role next season, Williams' improved pull-up game and consistency finishing at the rim made him a top performer in Orlando, and both of those skills will play a key role in how he impacts the Nets rebuilding process next season.
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NBA Draft Media Day Video Interviews
June 25, 2009

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NBA Draft Media Day Interview Transcripts (Part One)
June 25, 2009
DraftExpress: CharlotteÖpromise?

Terrence Williams: I love how you just come out and say that. I had a great workout in my second workout with Charlotte. I hurt my ankle so I didn't go to New Jersey...we'll see what happens tomorrow (laughs).

DX: New Jersey might take you anyway, would you be cool with that?

TW: I'll be cool wherever, I'm in the green room. You guys don't understand, this is what you work for, this is a dream come true. I'm in the green room so if I go anywhere from five to fourteen, it's blessing. If I go in the first round it's a blessing, but five to fourteen is excellent. If I go eleven, I'll approach that situation the same as I would if I went twelve or seven. It's coming in as a rookie, behaving and having hard work and dedication to your team.

DX: Thereís been some talk in the media that some teams were scared off by stuff that came up in the background checks, some stuff about your intangibles, the fact that you have a couple of kids. How do you respond to that? Are teams digging too deep or is that valid information that they need to know?

TW: Thatís a great question; I hope they dig deeper to see that I am human. What I mean by human is my past with children, but as far as a question about background, if you look at my background when I was younger, youíll never see my fingerprint with the police, at Louisville Iíve never been in trouble, so itís like people make up things. Is it because I didnít score 20 points per game or win a national championship or shoot 48 percent from the three-point line? Am I that much different from anyone else? No, but people are always going to make up their own assumptions, thatís why we have hearsay, thatís what we have DraftExpress, thatís why we have you guys because people need something to read to keep them going. So like I said, my background is clean because Iíve never been in trouble and if you dig deeper you will see that Iím human.

DX: Your coach obviously loves you, and every team that has talked to him says that. But a couple of the teams that are interested in selecting you have been saying things like heís very cocky and arrogant, heís been comparing himself to Lebron James. What does that tell you?

TW: If you ask me the question, which is better gas, Chevon or Texaco? If I say Texaco, thatís my answer. If you ask me who do I compare my game to, I try to compare my game to Lebron. Iím not saying Iím Lebron or Michael Jordan, thatís who I try to compare my game to. At Louisville as far as assists, defense and being a team leader, you can say to the Louisville fans, I was their Lebron. Iím not saying I am Lebron, thatís not me coming off arrogant, thatís me giving a legitimate truthful answer. If they give me A or B, they canít get mad at me because I didnít choose A. This is how I come off in my interviews, if thatís cocky to people, well Iím just trying to answer questions that are presented to me.

DX: Is being too open with teams in the interview process, is that almost a fault?

TW: Honestly, it is. When youíre going into interviews youíre told to assume they already know the answer. So if they ask you, and this wasnít one of my questions, were you arrested when you were sixteen and you say no, they already know that. So itís like you come off as a liar and you donít want to do that so you tell them the truth and then they start thinking, oh this guy has a bad history with the police or something like that. So you try not to be too open, but weíre told to assume they already know the answers. When I go into my interviews and they ask if I have children, I could easily say no, but they already know the answer and that youíre lying. If I tell them yes then, they get mad that I do. They could have had their first kid at fifteen but I canít fault them because theyíre trying to draft me.


Reporter: What would you like to improve on at the next level?

Williams: I would keep the same skills that I have I would just practice them more. I would practice more open shooting, more shooting off the dribble, stuff like that.

Reporter: Who would you compare yourself to in then NBA?

Williams: I try to look after and copy LeBron James. As far as passing the ball, defense and thinking team first concepts. And on defense Iíd like to be like Shane Battier because he challenges every shot and doesnít back down from anybody.

Reporter: What advice have you received from Coach Pitino?

Williams: Have fun and to know at the end of the day that itís a business. Take your time and the main thing is to know that itís a business and that when you make money to save your money.

Reporter: Where do you see yourself being drafted?

Williams: Before fourteen.

Reporter: What happens if you were the last guy standing in the Green Room?

Williams: I donít care (laughs), Iím in the Green Room. A lot of people are in their white living rooms watching me on TV so Iím in the Green Room and it doesnít matter to me.

Reporter: Is it more important to be drafted high or drafted to a team where you fit better.

Williams: Where I think Iím going to go is a great situation. But if you ask some people, to them itís more important to be drafted high because they want to be paid more. To me, I want to be in the right situation. Because if youíre in the right situation, in the long run, you will be paid more.

Reporter: There is some talk that Chicago is trying to trade up to try and get you. Is it flattering to hear talk like that?

Williams: It depends, where are they trading up to?

Reporter: 11

Williams: Oooh. When you hear people say that teams want to trade up to try and get you it just shows you that hard work pays off. Playing in Chicago with Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, SalmonsÖThat would be a great fit, but D Rose has number one, so I would have to switch my number. But yeah that would be a nice look in Chicago.

Reporter: How closely do you follow the trade rumors and mock drafts, etc.

Williams: Honestly, I wasnít trying to until yesterday when I saw that Minnesota gets the 5th and 6th pick. And then I see guys in the NBA get traded like Bruce Bowen. Yesterday was really the first day I really started looking at that because there were some teams in my mind that, Iím like, man, I hope they donít trade their pick. And as of right now they havenít traded their pick, but like I said, you never know what will happen.
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NBA Combine Media Availability Interviews
May 29, 2009

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Situational Statistics: This Year's Shooting Guard Crop
April 27, 2009
ē Terrence Williams looks like a pretty safe bet to be drafted in the top-20, but that wonít be because of his situational stats.

We knew that Williams wouldnít look greatóas his main virtues lie in other areas besides his scoring output. Much of his value resides in his ability to lock down defensively, rebound at a phenomenal rate, and distribute the ball effectively. Still, it is a bit eye opening to see how poorly he ranks amongst his peers in most categories weíre measuring.

The first thing that jumps out when evaluating Williams scoring ability is how few possessions he uses each game. His 14.1 Pos/G ranks last amongst the top ten shooting guard prospects, and as the fourth lowest overall. Even more concerning is his lack of efficiency on those possessions, as his PPP of .87 is the fifth worst on our list. There were some aspects of his situational statistics that did surprise us.

For a player with great strength and athleticism, Terrence Williams was not a very good finisher at the rim. His 1.11 PPP was exactly average, as was his 57% shooting in limited transition touches. That really hurts his cause since he has major shortcomings as a shooter. He scored only 1.12 PPP on his open catch and shoot looks, which isnít awful, but his .58 PPP on pull up jumpers ranks last amongst shooting guards and second to last amongst all guards (Brandon Jennings is last). It doesnít help that he gets fouled on a meager 9% of his attempts from the field, which limits his efficiency even more.

In one-on-one situations, Williams wasnít very effective either, putting up just .61 PPP, ranking him well below the average of .78 PPP. Some of this has to do with his complete inability to score when he puts the ball on the floor going left (15.4% FG on isolations). There is some good news for Williams though, as he is capable of running the pick and roll with some efficiency (.81 PPP). That stems largely from his playmaking ability, which seems even more important to his stock now that we see just how hard a time Williams has scoring in most situations.

Whatís clear is that whoever drafts Williams shouldnít be expecting much out of him offensively.
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NCAA/NIT Tournament Stock Watch, Rumor Mill
March 24, 2009
Terrence Williams put on an unbelievable shooting display against Siena, draining four of six 3-pointers. Some of them came from deep NBA range, and others were sweet looking pull-ups in rhythm. Over the last 11 games, Williams has quietly knocked down a barrage of 3-pointersó24, on just 52 attempts. Thatís a stellar 46%. Heís now shooting a very respectable 38% on the year. The emergence of his perimeter shot is really a major story, and is a big reason why many scouts weíve spoken to have him currently ranked as a lottery pick, much higher than where weíve had him all year. Another reason is his amazing versatilityóWilliams also contributed 15 rebounds and 4 assists against Siena, and played his typical excellent defense. For us, his inability to create his own shot and get to the free throw line make us wonder whether he really is starting NBA shooting guard material, but the fact that he can defend three positions and also see minutes as a pseudo point guard/point forward will allow him to get plenty of minutes alongside the right teammates. Some scouts we talked to have mentioned some concerns about potential off the court issues, which is something to keep an eye on. Louisvilleís matchup with Arizona on Friday will probably attract hordes of NBA scouts and decision makers, as itís a rare opportunity to evaluate as many as four potential lottery picks on one court.
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NCAA Weekly Performers, 2/4/09
February 4, 2009
Fresh off seeing their 9-game winning streak snapped at home by #1 one ranked UConn last night, there is regardless still plenty of reasons to discuss the play of the Louisville Cardinals and their star player, Terrence Williams.

Williams has rebounded from a slow start (likely due to the torn meniscus injury he hurried back from) to post career best numbers in virtually every statistical category this season. On a per-minute pace-adjusted basis, Williamsí scoring rate is up, as is his 2-point percentage, 3-point percentage, free throw percentage, free throw attempts, rebounding, assists and steals. His turnover rate is down and heís relying less heavily on his 3-point shooting than ever before.

What makes Williams unique from an NBA draft standpoint is the incredible versatility he displays at the wing position. He rebounds the ball at an outrageous rate (10.6 boards per-40), distributes the ball better than many NCAA point guards (5.3 assists per-40), sports an assist to turnover ratio nearing 2/1, and gets in the passing lanes about as well as any wing player in college basketball (2.7 steals per-40). Simply put, there isnít another player in this draft who fills up the stat-sheet quite as well as Terrence Williams.

His physical attributes have been covered in his profile repeatedlyóneedless to say, heís everything you look for in an NBA wing prospect and then some. Itís traditionally been his inability to score that has raised the most question marks about his draft stock. Starting from where we last left off, Williams is relying less on his perimeter shot this year than he historically has, and is hitting the jumpers he does take at a slightly better rate. Heís become fairly decent with his feet set (although awful shooting off the dribble), not being quite as inconsistent as he once was with his release point, and displaying better shot selection.

While he is unlikely to ever develop into a great shooter in the NBA, he seems to be making strides towards respectability. Doing a better job of not shooting the ball on the way down, and concentrating on getting proper arc underneath his shot and not line-driving his jumpers will help him cut down on the terrible bricks that are still very much part of his game from time to time. Improving on his horrific free throw percentage (just 60%) would go a long ways as well.

As a slasher, Williams is still mostly a mixed bag. Heís getting to the free throw line at a slightly better rate this season, but still isnít nearly as prolific a shot-creator as you might expect considering his physical tools. Part of that has to do with his ball-handling skills, as Williams is very poor dribbling with his left hand, and even with his right he often looks out of control and is unable to get all the way to the rim in the half-court, making him fairly turnover prone. He often prefers to shoot a floater in the lane or drive and dish (sometimes in highlight reel fashion) rather than taking an extra step and trying to draw contact at the basket, and really isnít as good of a finisher in non-transition situations as you might think considering his strength/length and freakish explosiveness.

The irony here is that heís a slam-dunk contest participant-type leaper/dunker in the open floor, but he isnít really able to show that part of his game in Louisvilleís set offense. Playing in a more wide-open setting (although faster this season, Louisville is still quite a slow-paced team) and developing a more aggressive mentality for taking the ball hard strong would likely benefit him, and there is a chance that he can work on this in the NBA.

Defensively, Williams shows outstanding potential, and he is obviously already a big part of what many people consider to be the best defensive team in the NCAA. His physical attributes are idealóshowing great size, length, strength and lateral quickness, to go along with a tough-nosed mentality that is crucial for getting stops. He will likely be able to defend multiple positions at the NBA level, being capable of switching on screens onto point guards or forwards without too much of a problemódoing a great job staying in front of his man on the perimeter.

At times he seems to lose focus, but heís so fast that he can typically close out and recover on his matchup without too much of an issue. As mentioned, he gets in the passing lanes at a terrific rate, and is one of the best defensive rebounders youíll find at the wing position in the last 10 years of college basketball, putting to shame what players like Grant Hill, Andre Iguodala and Josh Howard did before entering the NBA.

Williams has done a better job with some of the bigger issues he suffered earlier on in his careeróshot-selection, decision making and incredible inconsistency from game to game and often possession to possessionóbut heís not quite out of the clear yet. His basketball IQ still has a ways to go before catching up with his terrific physical tools, but the fact that he is very young for his draft class leaves some room for optimism in this regard. Williams wonít turn 22 until a few days after the draft, making him the same age as some college juniors.

There is no question that Williams is the type of athlete and defender who can easily play 10 years or more in the NBA considering the many different things he brings to the table. The question is whether he can become reliable enough offensive player to be more than just a solid rotation type, which is exactly what NBA teams will try to figure out this spring.
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Top NBA Draft Prospects in the Big East (Part One: #1-5)
October 22, 2008
The Louisville Cardinals will be without one of their most valuable weapons for the next 4-6 weeks. Terrence Williams underwent surgery on a torn medial meniscus in his right knee, suffered during a pickup game last Tuesday. In the long run, the injury will likely only keep the senior wing out for a handful of non-conference games, but certainly could be worth keeping an eye on initially. Williams saw his scoring numbers drop slightly last season, despite having a career year shooting the basketball (albeit a rather paltry 41% from the field). What was encouraging was an increase in his rebounding and assist numbers, increases that will certainly catch the eyes of some NBA scouts.

Physically, Williams is an NBA player; plain and simple. At 6í6Ē 215 pounds, he has great size for the two-guard spot and has the strength to handle banging in the paint and posting up smaller guards. He shows excellent speed in the open floor as well as a great first step that allows him to get into the lane on a regular basis against most defenders. What separates Williams from most college players, though, is his tremendous leaping ability. If he gets out into the open floor by himself, itís a safe bet that Williams will put down some kind of highlight reel quality dunk.

After being a fairly one dimensional offensive player early in his career, Williams has developed into a very versatile player with the basketball, even though he still is very far from being considered a great scorer. He has pretty good form on his shot, but has yet to prove himself to be a good shooter, due to his poor shot-selection and inconsistent release point. He connected on a pedestrian number of his perimeter shots last year, just 34% from deep, but what was most concerning was the fact that 41% of his shot attempts were from beyond the arc. Overall, Williams performs much better from mid-range, able to pull up and shoot on a dime. His athleticism allows him to hang in the air and adjust his shot against defenders; his touch on these plays is very solid.

Williams is much more adept as a slasher than he is a perimeter shooter, even though he often abandons this part of his game for long stretches. He has good ball-handling skills, able to attack the basket with either hand; combined with a great first step, he is a handful to stay in front of as a defender. Once in the lane, Williams can elevate with any player in the country to get a good look at the rim. This ability to hang in the air though can sometimes be a hindrance to the senior, deterring him from creating contact with defenders and trying to shoot around them. For a player with his type of athleticism and with how often he goes to the rim, Williams needs to attempt more than just three free throws per forty minutes.

Defensively, Williams proves to be a headache for a lot of opposing teams. With his quickness and length, he is tough to take to the basket, but more importantly deflects a tremendous number of passes. Many times Williams proves to be a one man fast break, intercepting a pass and taking it the other way for an easy flush. He does a tremendous job rebounding the basketball, averaging eight rebounds per forty minutes, an outstanding number for a wing player. A major part of the high number of rebounds he hauled in last season was the fact that Louisville played a lot of zone defense, with Williams often taking one of the forward spots along the baseline.

There are certainly concerns about Williamsí game from an NBA standpoint. At the end of the day, he is a shooting guard who doesnít shoot well and isnít an overall effective scorer. Additionally, he struggles with turnovers, committing one on nearly 25% of the possessions he uses. With that said, he does rebound very well for his position and has proven to be an effective distributor with the ball in his hands. Ultimately, Williams will likely get drafted in large part to his freakish athleticism and upside. If he can become a more effective shooter from the perimeter, and better learns how to use his overall athleticism, he could be a valuable asset to an NBA franchise.
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Top NBA Draft Prospects in the Big East (Part One: #1-#5)
October 20, 2007
Entering the 07-08 season, Williams currently holds the spot for the top wing prospect in the Big East. Averaging 12.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game, he shocked many opposing teams last season who thought he was merely a one dimensional scorer. The Seattle native will have the opportunity to build upon those numbers this season, on a team that is talented enough to contend for a national championship.

To start things off, Williams is a physical freak. At around 6í6, he has a ripped 215 pound body with the potential to add more weight if he desires. The explosive quickness that he owns translates to both ends of the floor, in his first step on offense and his ability to move laterally on defense. To top things off, he has the ability to absolutely jump out of the gym, evidenced by his dunk contest title at the 2005 Adidas Derby Classic.

Offensively, there are many times out there where Williams can be a nightmare for opposing defenders. His explosive first step, ability to shoot the ball from deep, and athleticism are tough to handle when fully utilized. He even occasionally uses his strength to post smaller defenders, as well. Williams has the ability to put up points in a hurry, usually through nailing multiple three point shotsÖwhen heís hot. He displays nice mechanics and a quick release on his shot, while getting off the ground ridiculously high on his release. It could actually be said that Williams jumps a bit too high on shot depending on whom you speak with, due to the fact that he often shoots the ball on the way down, creating an inconsistent release point.

Equally as impressive as Williamsí variety of ways to score is his ability to pass the ball for a player standing 6í6. The 3.8 assists per game that he averaged places him amongst the elite distributors from the wing positions, and given Louisvilleís lack of a true floor general, he will have the ability to maintain those numbers in 07-08. His ability to pass the ball serves as a testament to how versatile he can be on the offensive end, when he fully utilizes his immense skill set.

That leads us into our next point, that being whether or not he will ever put it all together on a consistent basis. Throughout his career, Williams has displayed downright awful shot selection, and his field goal percentage reflects that. He shot 36% from the field, 26% from the three point arc, and 60% from the charity stripe. What is even more shocking is that for a player with such an explosive first step and ability to get to the cup, he shot twice as many three pointers and he did free throws.

Terrenceís tendency to jack up three pointer after three pointer frustrated many, and severely limited his scoring potential. We are looking at a player who owns the ability to get to the rim on any player in the country, and who can pass the ball just as well as any wing in the land, yet chooses to shoot a 3-pointer almost every other time he attempts a shot. If Williams learns the meaning of shot selection and grasps the fact that he can get to the basket at will, it will be downright scary to see what he does this year in the Big East.

On the defensive side of things, Terrence has shown the ability to be a true lockdown defender. His size, strength, and lateral quickness allow him to pester any player that he is guarding. One NBA scout who we spoke with compared him to Tony Allen on the defensive end, which seems reasonable considering the athletic ability that both players posses. The problem with Williams is that he gambles far too frequently, often leaving him out of position on D. If he would be able to stop reaching for so many steals and biting for shot fakes, there is no doubt that we would be talking about Williams as one of the finest perimeter defenders in college basketball.

With all of the physical gifts and the immense talent that Williams possesses, itís only natural that his name will enter into the mix of NBA wing prospects as well, granted that he is able to put together the type of season that his upside suggests he might. He drastically needs to improve upon the efficiency ratings that placed him amongst some of the worst draft prospects in the NCAA, though. If Williams is able to show NBA personnel that he is an outstanding player, and not just an outstanding athlete, his draft position will look quite secure come April.
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adidas Nations Basketball Experience Notebook (Day 3+4), Part One
August 8, 2007
The biggest story to emerge from the counselor games of the last two days was the play of Louisville swingman Terrence Williams, who is going into his junior season. Williams seems to have made some serious progress in his game over the past summer, and has surely convinced us that heís more than deserving of a spot in he first round of our 2008 mock draft.

He played aggressive, but under control basketball, making good decisions in transition and half-court sets and taking full advantage of any opportunity he had to show off his explosive athleticism. Williams is built like an NBA player and is beginning to show the all-around game of one too, creating his own shot consistently from the perimeter and mixing in a steady offering of pull-up jumpers with strong takes to the basket.

One of the criticisms we had of Williams in the past was his tendency to settle too often for contested 3-pointers rather than using his excellent physical tools to make things happen via his slashing game. He only shot 37% from the field last year and 26% from behind the arc. Although we shouldnít draw too many long term conclusions because of the nature of this setting, Williams seems to be making nice strides in this area. His handle looks better (although still improvable) and heís clearly more committed to getting inside the paint and finishing. The shots he did take from the perimeter were mostly of the under control catch and shoot variety from behind the arc (which he hit at a good rate), while his mid-range game looks quite a bit more polished than we remember it being last season. Playing the pick and roll, Williams punished the defense on a number of occasions with a smooth jumper when they dared cheat and go underneath the screen in order to try to contain his dribble.

Defensively, Williams used his strength and lateral quickness nicely, even coming up with a couple of excellent blocks either on his man or rotating over from the weakside. Sasha Kaun was the victim of one of these rotations, as he was rejected viciously by the soaring Williams right at the rim.

The NBA scouts we talked to were just as impressed with Terrence Williams for what he showed over the course of the adidas nations basketball experience here in New Orleans. He seems to have helped his draft stock quite a bit amongst those in attendance. The comparison to Tony Allen was brought up, although it was noted that Williams has much better size and is already ahead of him at the same stage in terms of his perimeter shooting. Williams has the chance to really soar up the draft boards if he has the type of season we think he can under the careful guidance of Rick Pitino.
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NCAA Tournament: Stock Watch (round of 32, Saturday)--Down/Neutral
March 18, 2007
Terrence Williams, playing in the final game of his sophomore season, displayed the ups and downs of his game that perfectly magnify where he stands as a prospect at this point in time. On one hand, he forced shots and turned the ball over, but he also displayed flashes of talent and athleticism that make him an intriguing player to watch over the next season or two.

The biggest problem for Williams today was his love for the three point shot, despite the fact that he has only converted 26% of his attempts from this area on the season. Many of these shots came off the dribble and were closely contested, which caused Rick Pitino to pull his leading scorer from the game and talk to him on multiple occasions. With the clock winding down in the first half, Williams lost control of the ball out on the perimeter, and recklessly threw it out of bounds when he regained possession. Plays like these show off how underdeveloped his feel for the game is right now, and tell us that it will take some time and experience before he well be ready to think about the NBA.

Williams does have a great deal of talent to work with, and it all starts with his physical attributes. In addition to having a great body, he is an incredibly explosive athlete, as he proved with both an alley-oop dunk and a big block shot in the second half. He can get to the basket with ease thanks to his quick first step, and his ability to draw extra defenders and pass it off has allowed Williams to average nearly 4 assists per game on the season.

Williams quite obviously needs to return to school, and make a concerted effort to improve his shot selection and all-around polish. Physically, Williams he may be ready for the NBA, but there are some large holes in his game that will hold him back at this point. With another year or two of college, he just might evolve into the consistent scoring threat that he has the potential to be. Heís in a perfect situation under Rick Pitino to get there.
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The first thing that stands out to fans is Terrence's amazing physique. He honestly looks like he could be a linebacker for Louisville's college football team. During the slam dunk competition, Williams wowed the crowd with a windmill in which he switched the ball from his right to his left rim, an arm in the rim dunk (a la Vince Carter), an amazing between the legs dunk, and then a between the legs dunk off of a lob. He is a truly marvelous athlete.

As far as the game was concerned, Williams was the best player on the floor. He showed an absolutely amazing first step, the ability to shoot from deep, and the ability to simply outleap any player on the floor. Terrence abused absolutely any player who was guarding him with his great quickness and strength. Defensively, I didn't focus on Terrence too much as I had many other players that I had to focus on. As far as his NBA potential, Terrence must work on his ball handling skills in order to play small forward at the next level. Greg Paulus mentioned to me that he thought Williams reminded him of Corey Maggette. It must be noted that Terrence seemed to be closer to 6'4 then 6'6. Whatever his actual height may be, it is a given that he will be one of the most exciting players in college basketball next year for the Cardinals.
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