COLLEGE: TEXAS A&M
WEIGHT: 240 POUNDS
POSITION: POWER FORWARD/CENTER
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: LATE TEENS TO MID 20’S (CHANCE TO RISE)
PLAYER SUMMARY: Every season there seems to be a few freshmen who were very good high school players that NBA scouts take a liking to. Robert Williams is one of those players this season as NBA scouts are coming away very impressed after watching him play.
Williams was a 4-star recruit and a top 50 prospect in the high school class of 2016. The Louisiana native chose Texas A&M over a host of other schools and Aggies head coach Billy Kennedy is reaping the benefits.
After evaluating the 6’9″ PF/C game, we can see why NBA scouts are flocking to College Station, Texas. The PF/C strengths at the present time lie at the defensive end of the court. He is a major disruptor in the paint and has shown signs of being an elite shot-blocker (avg. 2.6blk per game). His reported 44-inch vertical jump verifies his athletic ability as these are characteristics that NBA scouts look for.
The freshmen is a good rebounder, however we feel he will improve in time. He has gotten by with his athleticism and now he is learning the proper fundamentals. He runs the floor phenomenally for a player his size and finishes with ferocious dunks.
We believe Williams is a work in progress at the offensive end of the floor. His overall shooting his inconsistent.We have seen him make the 15-17 jumper, however to be considered a first round draft pick, the consistency needs to be there. As his freshmen year continues, we would also like to see him develop 1-2 low post moves.
Williams is a perplexing player to us. At times he looks like a lottery pick. At other times, he looks like he shouldn’t be on the floor. He has a lot to learn and a long way to go, however the attributes are there for him to become a very good player.
We personally believe that Robert Williams would be better served by staying at Texas A&M for at least 1 more year. There have been too many instances where players get drafted in the first round, however, end up sitting at the end of an NBA bench and are out of the league in a few years. We would rather a player stay in college and improve. With that being said, being selected in the first round of the NBA Draft equals guaranteed money, which is hard to turn down.
Williams currently averages only 20 minutes per game in college. However, NBA personnel look for upside and he has plenty of it. 6’9″ players with his athletic ability and defensive prowess are not easy to find. Of all the players we have profiled in the 2017 NBA Draft, Robert Williams has been one of the hardest to figure out in regards to his NBA future. His play during the rest of the college season will give us and NBA personnel a better view of where he stands.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF ROBERT WILLIAMS
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