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NBA Draft Prospect: SF Terrence Williams, L'ville

Posted on: May 26, 2009 9:53 pm
Edited on: May 27, 2009 11:27 am

Terrence Williams: 6-6, 220, SF, Sr. (University of Louisville)

Draft rank: #14

SF rank: #1


Is a big-time player with the game on the line. With the ball in his hands at the end of the game he makes sure to do what his team needs him to do. Has good shooting mechanics. Gets good lift on his shot. Very tough when taking the ball to the hoop. A leader. Has above-average athleticism. Has good handles for a perimeter player. Plays with tremendous energy on both ends of the floor. Doesn't back down from his opponents and is extremely aggressive when attacking the rim. Gets at his man defensively. A tremendous rebounder for a player his size, which helps on the defensive and offensive boards. Has the flexibility to play multiple positions, including point forward when need be. Can really fill up a stat sheet, but does so many good things that also don't show up in statistics. Can defend bigger guards and wings as well as the smaller, quicker guards. He improved not only his shooting percentage but also his steals, assists and rebounds consistently in his four years at Louisville.


Settles for his jump shot. Doesn't always take good shots. Doesn't have great one-on-one breakdown ability. He doesn't do a great job of penetrating into the paint and creating offense for others on his team. Needs to drastically improve his free-throw shooting ability. Not a dominant scorer.


I love his mental makeup. He really encourages his teammates and always brings an intensity to the game that few players can match. I also love his late-game abilities and his fearless mentality. Williams is often the toughest player on the floor, and that rubs off on his teammates. He appears to be all about winning and is willing to do whatever is needed to help his team. He has shown his maturity and growth throughout the years as his team has improved with his game. I love the way he brings intensity to the game, but also has enough respect for his teammates to not embarrass them. He is charismatic and boisterous, yet he has a selflessness that all good leaders have. As far as mental makeups go, there are few in this year's draft that I would rather have then Williams.

Extra Info:
-- Set the record for most steals in a Big East Tournament (14)
-- Is the only player in Louisville history with 1,500 points, 900 rebounds, 500 assists and 200 steals
-- His father passed away when he was 6 years old

Would be a good fit for: Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls or Minnesota Timberwolves 

Comparison: Ruben Patterson, 6-5, 224, SF


Williams is one of those guys who will make teams pay for passing on him. His ceiling isn't as high as a lot of the guys above him, but there is no doubt in my mind he will have a long NBA career. He does too many good things on the court not to be on an NBA roster for many years to come. His flexibility makes him a very strong candidate to come off the bench and get minutes right away.

Williams' toughness would be a welcome addition to many teams and I envision he will be a leader as he gets more playing time throughout his career. He also should be able to improve on his shooting, which is a major concern for him entering the NBA. His athleticism, defense and intangibles would be a welcome addition to almost any eight-man rotation in the NBA. 

I would love to see Phoenix give him a shot as he would obviously thrive in its up-tempo system and would give them a much needed hard-nosed defender. I also could see him on a team like the Bulls where he could backup Luol Deng and the other guard spots when needed. Ultimately, I see him falling to the Timberwolves, where he would be a welcome addition to the fragile wing play of Rodney Carney and Corey Brewer.  

All in all there is a lot to like about Williams and what he brings to the table. In a draft of uncertainty he may be the guy who lasts the longest in the league.


Since: Jan 24, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2009 10:40 am

Welcome to the NJ Nets TWill

I really like this guy already. Many people thought he should've dropped further because of his inability to shoot the ball at a good rate at the next level but I like his mechanics and his balance on his shots. He has all the assets to make him a success in the NBA except decision making. I watched the Orlando Summer League games and his shot looks decent. It just needs repetitions. We saw how he was an excellent rebounder and playmaker for the guys around him. He turned the ball over a lot though trying to make lots of tough passes or losing his dribble. Those are two things he can work on. At times he made spectacular passes to guys he has been playing with for about a week before hand. *The split squad idea was dumb. I also would've liked to see Courtney Lee play alongside Twill and CDR. There were times when Jrue Holliday would sit out and Twill would be the primary ball handler. He's got a higher ceiling than most think.

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2009 11:33 am

NBA Draft Prospect: SF Terrence Williams, L'ville

I am a Louisville fan so I watched T-Will play this year. He is a great player. He is not the best shooter, but he still scores, gets a lot of assists, makes tons of steals and rebounds, and he is really quick. T-Will was the main factor for Louisville this Season and helped them get the top seed in the NCAA Tornament. He can help just about any NBA team so he will be a valuable pick. Terrence Williams is a tough player with great potential.

Since: Jun 10, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2009 6:27 pm

NBA Draft Prospect: SF Terrence Williams, L'ville

From What i saw this year watching NCAA Basketball i think Terrance Williams is the best SF in this draft. I am not  louisville fan but they were a great team this year to win the big east last year was a great accomplishment probably the hardest thing to do in all of sports in 2008-09. this kid was thier best player. he was the kobe of college basketball last year i think that he has the size and the skill set to play the SG or SF position in the NBA. has a really good mid range jump shot. If he falls below the 10th pick all the gms who passed should be fired.    BEST PLAYER IN THIS DRAFT!!!   FACT!!

Since: Dec 24, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2009 8:15 pm

NBA Draft Prospect: SF Terrence Williams, L'ville

Ruben Patterson though? He sucks. I feel bad if T-Will ends up like RP.

Since: Sep 14, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2009 12:20 pm


This kid has the potential to be the steal of this draft as he has as much talent as any one guy in this draft.  Jump shots seem to improve in the NBA and thats all he really has to work on all the other skills of his game are almost top notch.  He is freakishly athletic as shown with some of his dunks and blocks this past season.  He reminds me of Jason Richardson but quicker.  As a UK FAN im glad to see him gone.

Since: Jan 4, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2009 11:33 am

NBA Draft Prospect: SF Terrence Williams, L'ville

I am a Louisville fan and T-Will is not a 1st round pick.  He is not a good shooter, he doesn't really beat anyone one on one.  And people say that his best ability is Defense and that's to be seen when he has to guard a D-Wade, Chris Paul, or even a Josh Howard.  He also can't play multiple positions in the NBA like he did in college.  He doesn't handle the ball well enough to be a pg.  And he can't create.  You could probably sit back and let him shoot the way that people let Rondo shoot.  Too small to play the PF and I just can't see him playing on anyone's team and contributing.  He would just be receiving money to be on a roster.  I feel that the only team that he could play for is Denver.  Just for the simple fact that he could play the role that Dantay Jones plays.  Meaning that he doesn't shoot the ball, he plays defense, and he dunks on fast breaks or whenever he gets the chance to.  But a 1st Round pick should not be wasted on T-Will.  The league needs to make him earn his money.

Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2009 10:13 am

NBA Draft Prospect: SF Terrence Williams, L'ville

I see him being a sleeper pick, he is underrated as a passer, rebounder and defender.  He has a NBA body and I think he can help a good team right off the bat.   If I had to compare him to anybody in the league, I would see he is a poor man's Jason Richardson.  I am sure his NBA workouts are going to put him at a higher level and his athleticism will set him apart from others in the draft.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2009 7:34 am

NBA Draft Prospect: SF Terrence Williams, L'ville

As a Louisville fan who has seen almost all of TWill's game in college, this is an excellent assetment of his skills and abilities.  He is a good, but not great ball handler and does take bad shots, but he is a tremendous leader, an excellent rebounder, a great defender, and very coachable.  Rick Pitino changed his shooting form before TWill's senior year & made him one of the best shooters on the Cards teams, I don't think a lot of seniors would have been willing to do that, but it just shows that TWill will do whatever it takes to get better.  As a Chicago Bulls fan I hope TWill ends up with the Bulls, he will bring a defensive intensity and toughness that the Bulls sometimes lack, plus his athleticism will blend nicely with Derrick Rose. 

Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2009 11:43 pm

NBA Draft Prospect: SF Terrence Williams, L'ville

Williams will be better on defense than offense to start off. He had some nights for Louisville where he didnt even score, or had only 1 or 2 FG's the entire game... yet he would still get his fair share of boards, assists, blocks, and steals almost every night. Dont expect him to be great right away, but know that he certainly has the potential to be a solid 3 man for a while.

Since: Apr 29, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2009 10:15 pm

NBA Draft Prospect: SF Terrence Williams, L'ville

I wrote that "he doesn't have great one-on-one ability".  Not that he doesn't have any.  The top shooting guards and small forwards in the NBA are elite in iso situations where they can take there man a variety of ways to score.  I am talking about guys like Kobe, Lebron, Wade, Roy, Joe Johnson, Pierce, Melo, Durant, Kevin Martin, Arenas, Mayo, and almost all of the good 2's and 3's in the NBA are able to score whenever they want.  I don't think Williams has that elite isolation quickness or shooting ability. 

With that being said, I do think he is a good prospect because of all of the things that he does do well which I also mentioned.

Thanks for the feedback though.


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