Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun has a viewing suggestion for potential recruits who might be near a television Wednesday. Tune into the NBA draft, where he expects to see a string of Huskies called to the podium.[details]
Strengths: At 6-foot 3,Williams has excellent size for an NBA point guard, with a well-built body that allows him to take contact and maintain his poise and balance in tough situations. He has huge hands that help him control the ball masterfully and make impossible passes look simple. Williams sees things on the floor in half-court sets that most point guards don't and reacts to these opportunities instantaneously. No legit point guard prospect would be complete without outstanding ball-handling skills, and he's improved remarkably in this area over the past few years. The fact that he's a lefty makes him all the more intriguing. Williams has shot the ball fairly well from 3-point range over the past two seasons, although this is something GMs will want to evaluate more closely in private workouts considering his limited number of attempts.
Weaknesses: Williams is not a spectacular athlete, possibly even a notch below a player with whom he will be compared repeatedly -- last year's No. 3 overall pick, Deron Williams. He resembles Williams in his style of play, and both have been criticized for their average athleticism. His lack of quickness clearly affected him on defense as a collegiate player. He has problems staying in front of his man on the perimeter, particularly when going up against smaller, quicker guards. As great of a point guard as Williams is, his leadership skills lag far behind his actual playmaking ability. Off the court, there are some reasons for NBA teams to be concerned or, at the very least, some issues that will be studied closely.