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Derrick Williams

Scouting Report

In less than two years, Williams went from a little-known recruit coming out of high school in southern California to a very likely top-two pick in the 2011 NBA draft. Williams wasn't even the highest-rated prospect in Sean Miller's recruiting class at Arizona, but he was named the Pac-10's freshman of the year in 2009-10, when he averaged 15.7 points and 7.1 rebounds for a Wildcats team that missed the NCAA tournament for the first time in 25 years. Arizona returned to the tourney and reached the West regional final this past spring, thanks largely to Williams' efforts. For the season, the sophomore averaged 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds while shooting 59.5 percent, showing exceptional quickness and toughness in the paint. He also had no trouble playing on the perimeter, shooting an astounding 56.8 percent from 3-point range. Williams was named the Pac-10 player of the year and was also a Wooden Award finalist and second-team All-American. He did all this despite playing the final two months of the season with a broken pinky on his right hand. Williams, who didn't disclose the injury until after the season, didn't seem to be bothered by the cast-like wrap, playing some of his best games down the stretch. Rarely do injuries help a player's cause, but Williams' draft stock has actually risen since it was announced he had a broken finger, with scouts realizing that he played as well as he did at less than 100 percent. While Kyrie Irving is projected as the top pick by most experts, Williams is the favorite to go No. 2.

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