Tag:Derrick Williams
Posted on: April 13, 2011 7:01 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2011 7:02 pm

Arizona's Williams entering draft with agent

Arizona sophomore Derrick Williams will forgo his final two seasons of eligibility and enter the NBA Draft with an agent, the school announced Wednesday.

"I have enjoyed my two years at Arizona both on and off the court," Williams said. "I want to thank my teammates, who are like brothers to me, my coaches and all Wildcat Fans for making my experience an unforgettable one."

Williams averaged 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds while leading Arizona to the Elite Eight.

The 6-foot-8 forward could be the No. 1 pick.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 25, 2011 1:59 am
Edited on: February 25, 2011 2:02 am

USC's Vucevic was better than the Pac-10's best

LOS ANGELES -- The subject was Southern California junior Nikola Vucevic.

The quote was one about respect and attention.

"He doesn't get enough," said Arizona coach Sean Miller. I quickly agreed. But now I'm gonna try to change that reality by pointing out that those who don't watch Pac-10 basketball are missing one of the west coast's best players -- a 6-foot-10 forward who is making Kevin O'Neill's rebuilding job a little simpler than it would've otherwise been.

"Thank god the guy in the back was left over [from the Tim Floyd era]," O'Neill said after Thursday's 65-57 win against the 10th-ranked Wildcats while Vucevic stood in the back of the interview room staring at a box score that showed he finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds in a performance that allowed crosstown rival UCLA to pull within a game of Arizona heading into Saturday's showdown between the Bruins and Wildcats at Pauley Pavilion.

The effort also had two rows of NBA scouts scribbling notes and nodding with approval.

"The game is easy for him," one scout told me.

But how many have realized it's been easy for him most of this season? Vucevic is now averaging 19.3 points and 10.9 rebounds in Pac-10 games while shooting 53.6 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from 3-point range. He's scored at least 25 points four different times, and he scored more than four different ways against the Wildcats. He passed out of double-teams when they came early, punished his defender when they didn't come late. Meantime, the likely Pac-10 Player of the Year, Arizona's Derrick Williams, was limited to eight points on a 3-of-11 shooting effort that left little doubt about which future pro got the better of this matchup.

"When you play the best player, you want to go against him and do better than him," Vucevic said.

It's also what Vucevic did.
Posted on: February 9, 2011 12:52 pm

Fredette leads POY straw poll

The results of the latest AnnArbor.com National Player of the Year straw poll are now available.

They reflect the exact ballot I turned in yesterday.
  1. Jimmer Fredette (BYU)
  2. Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)
  3. Kemba Walker (Connecticut)
Nolan Smith (Duke) and Derrick Williams (Arizona) round out the top five.

Click this link to see all of the results.
Posted on: September 12, 2008 1:52 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2008 2:13 pm

USC set for huge hoops recruiting weekend

It's a big football weekend at Southern California.

Perhaps you've heard.

But it's worth noting that Tim Floyd, Bob Cantu and the rest of the USC basketball staff will also have a lot at stake over the next 48 hours as the Trojans host what could be the best group of recruits to visit a campus at one time in the history of the sport. There is no way to prove that statement, of course. But if you know of a school that has ever produced a more significant list of visitors feel free to shoot me a note and let me know

Anyway here's a list of basketball prospects expected to be at USC-Ohio State game.

(Class ranking, if available, in parenthesis)

-- 2009 --

  • Renardo Sidney (ranked fifth by Scout.com)
  • Kenny Boynton (ranked eighth by Scout.com)
  • Jordan Hamilton (ranked 13th by Scout.com)
  • Tyler Honeycutt (ranked 21st by Scout.com)
  • Noel Johnson (ranked 58th by Scout.com)
  • Terrence Boyd (ranked 82nd by Scout.com)
  • Shaunessy Smith
  • Derrick Williams

-- 2010 --

  • Josh Smith (ranked fourth by Scout.com)
  • Jeremy Tyler (ranked seventh by Scout.com)
  • Anthony Brown (ranked 51st by Scout.com)
  • Gary Franklin

-- 2011 --

  • Kyle Caudill

Add it up, and that's nine prospects ranked in the Top 85 of their respective classes -- including five Top 15 guys --  expected to be on campus in either an official or unoffical capacity -- plus Caudill, who is considered one of the better sophomores in the nation (it's just that Scout.com and Rivals.com only rank sophomores through the Top 10, and he's not in that group). So, like I said, this is a huge weekend for USC basketball. And with that, let's get back to the Beanie Wells Watch, can we?

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