ROBERT WILLIAMS #44

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Name: Robert Williams

School: Texas A&M

Season: Freshman

ESPN High School Ranking: 50 (2016)

Birthdate: October 17, 1997 (19)

Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana 

Family: 

- Parents Robert and Tundra Williams

- Williams liked that Texas A&M is close to his dad so he could watch him play

High School: North Caddo High School

Accolades:

- SEC Freshman of the Week

Twitter: RobWilliamsIII

Instagram: Williams.III

Height: 6'8.5 (Numbers taken from 2015 Nike Skills Academy)

Weight: 208

Wingspan: 7'4 (said to have improved to 7'6)

Standing Reach: N/A

No Step Vert: N/A

Max Vert: 43-44 (Admon Gilder in interview)

Body Fat %: N/A

Injury History: N/A

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Nickname is 'Boo-Butt'

Freshman Season Stats: Through 7 games

- 10.1 PPG

- 5.9 RPG

- 1.4 APG

- 2.4 BPG

- 0.7 SPG

- 60% FG

- 90% FT

Analytics: 

- 2nd in blocks per game in the SEC in 2016-17 (2.4)

Position: PF/C

Greatest Strength: Shot blocking

Greatest Weakness: Shooting + Experience

Athleticism: 9

Aggression: 7

Speed: 8

Strength: 7

Lateral Movement: 8

Basketball IQ: 7

Switchability: 7

3 point shooting: 4

Jumpshot: 5

Ability to finish at the rim: 8

Post moves: 6

Handle: 5

Passing: 6

Rebounding: 8

Motor: 7

Touch: 6

Hands: 8

On ball defense: 7

Help defense: 8

Steals: 6

Blocks: 9

Pick and Roll: 

- Will develop into an incredible pick-and-roll player because of his great hands and leaping ability - guards will be able to just put it over the top for him like Harden and Capela

- Has the potential to switch on guards like Biyombo

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Changes shots because of good shot blocking instincts and incredible wingspan

- Wreaks havoc on offensive glass

- Great rebounder

- Aware passer no matter how deep he catches

- Great potential because of immense physical tools 

Game Analysis: 

- vs. UCLA

- #22 T.J. Leaf

- #13 Ike Anigbogu

- #14 Gyorgy Goloman

- #40 Thomas Welsh

- Good job talking and pointing on D in the zone

- Catches with back to basket on left block, waits for clearout, backs down, turns middle and floats it in - beat his man to the middle

- Wasn't picked up in transition - behind the D got an alley-oop pass way too high, but was able to tip it in - very long, got way above the rim

- Good help on middle drive, jumped high and forced high arcing floater

- Gullivan caught on right block, turned middle, Williams blocked it easily

- Great high-low feed to Davis with deep post positioning

- Good skip pass faced up from right block

- Catch left short corner, good hands on the catch, one dribble gather and strong dunk plus foul - FT 1/1

- Poor relocation - did not know on Hogg drive to relocate high post, clogged lane

- Good dive after Davis catches on right block, fouled going up - FTs 1/2

- Foul called rolling - was held down on alley-oop attempt - FTs 2/2 

- Great help block coming from FT line covering a lot of ground to block layup attempt

- Catches deep, turns and hook shot bank off, but gets unbelievable rebound - skies and grabs it strong - great hands and leaping ability

- Head up, good passing in the post - got offensive rebound and found Hogg wide open under hoop for layin

- Missed tough layup as trailer but very fast in open floor 

- Good recognition of Hogg picking up dribble at right block, great cut and dunk

NBA Comparison: Ed Davis

Current Ability: 5.5

Projection as an NBA Player: 7

Projected Draft Spot: Mid-1st Round

Opinion: Williams is raw but has all the physical tools (wingspan, leaping ability, great hands) to become a starting NBA PF or C. He is a capable and aware passer that can become a nightmare in the pick-and-roll. His block rate is through the roof, and he alters any shots in his vicinity. It will be a few years before Williams can contribute - needs to develop a midrange shot and learn positioning away from the hoop offensively. Most similar prospects do not have his hands and simply develop into defensive players - he can become much more. To me, he is a safe pick because at worst he can contribute on the boards, shot-blocking, and rolling to the rim.