Derrick Williams Declares for the 2011 NBA Draft w/ Intentions to Hire Agent

Posted on April 13, 2011 by


Derrick Williams has officially decided to forego his final two seasons at he University of Arizona and has indicated intentions to sign with an agent for the 2011 NBA Draft.

Williams is slated to go anywhere from the 3rd to the number one overall selection in the upcoming draft. He led the Wildcats in points (19) and rebounds (8) the entire season. Additionally, he led the entire conference in 3-point shooting percentage, 58%.

There are two things that we need to think about here.

First of all, Derrick Williams could be the first ever University of Arizona No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft. That is a huge statement for the program and Derrick, himself. Not only is he ready to contribute, but he will immediately. Many are critical of his ability to contribute at the next level, but these are just people attempting to live in an illusion that he wasn’t ready – myself included in earlier posts, here.

Derrick might be undersized for the power forward and a bit too bulky for the small forward for the next level, but his hybrid nature might lend well to the game. He is fast enough to take power forwards out of position on defense, as they will have to respect his range. Concurrently, he has enough speed to blow by them. While he does not have the speed to blow by a small forward, he has the size to out-maneuver and over-power them in the post. This sort of oddity in position should lend nicely. His athleticism and skill set will only contribute to the “plus column” for any team that drafts him.

Secondly, Arizona Wildcats across the nation need to hope with all their might that Williams does not end up with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Minnesota Timberwolves, the Toronto Raptors, and the Sacramento Kings  are all possible teams in addition to the Cavs that might have top picks in the draft. The most likely to draft Williams have been said to be the Cavs and the Timberwolves. All Arizona fans need to be pulling for the Timberwolves at this point and hard! A front court with Kevin Love and Derrick Williams would be the nastiest paint in the country. Their guards would basically have to heave the ball within five feet of the rim and DWill and KLove would just clean up all day.

All in all, we loved having Derrick Williams at the University of Arizona and he has left his mark on the program forever. We are proud to call him a Wildcat for life and are eager to see him make a splash bigger than anyone expect in The League next year.

No more speculation. Let us all hope the lockout issues get resolved as soon as possible to get the highlight reel dunks a-going. By this time next year, we will be saying, “Blake Griffin who?!”

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