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Elliot Williams

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Perhaps ironically, Williams might not have even been in this draft if it wasn't for him quitting the Duke program about a year ago. The desire to be closer to his sick mother caused Williams to leave the Blue Devils after his 2008-09 freshman season, going back to his native Memphis to play for the Tigers. He might have only been a role player if he stayed on a star-filled Duke team, but after being granted a transfer waiver by the NCAA, Williams became a star for Memphis this season. He was Conference USA's second-leading scorer at 17.9 points per game. One factor that may have played in his favor is the league's teams not being familiar with playing against a left-handed player with such explosiveness to the basket, though he likely needs to improve going to his right to be as effective in the NBA. Williams also must improve his outside shooting as well as his passing skills if he's going to play the point, a position he might play in the pros because he's a bit undersized to be a shooting guard. Though it's very possible he could be taken in the first round, one factor that could scare some teams is his poor play in big games. In four games against ranked teams this past season, he shot 29.8 percent - including 4 of 23 from 3-point range - and totaled 14 turnovers. He was held without a field goal for the first 33 minutes as Memphis was upset in its conference tournament opener, then shot 8 of 21 for a combined 25 points in two NIT games. However, Williams was good enough to crack Duke's starting lineup late in his freshman season, and his athleticism should be enough to make him a contributor at the next level.


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