His destiny is to be drafted by the Spurs and play 12 years in the NBA, right?
“He’s as good a player as there is in this league, and I feel like there are times we need to get him more shots, but we’re so balanced on offense,” Dixon said.
But Williams is one of only four players in the Big 12 with 10 or more double-doubles this year, along with Bamba, Young and Baylor’s Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. I don’t get why he doesn’t get more attention. I can tell you that there are NBA scouts here every night TCU plays. The Dallas Mavericks always have a scout here. On Saturday night the Milwaukee Bucks were in town, too. Several teams have gotten an eyeful of Williams all season. Perhaps at least one team has picked up on what I’ve seen.
So, here’s what I see — a player that can do everything you need in the NBA. TCU lists him as a guard but he’s 6-foot-7 so he’s a guard in name only. What he really looks like is a small forward with guard skills. He’s an adept ball handler, runs the floor well, handles traffic in the paint and can shoot well from the arc. Despite his listed position Williams is one of the Horned Frogs’ best rebounders. He’s especially crafty at back-side rebounding and can make up ground once he’s lost it against quicker players, as he did on a blocked shot late in the game.
They need another first - a win in Ames - to keep their tourney dream alive.
“This [conference] is so different. Winning on the road against anybody is a challenge,” Dixon said. “It’s just part of being in a really tough conference. We didn’t want to be in the Mountain West anymore, so things come with that. That’s where we’re at. We’re fortunate and challenged at the same time. We know they’re going to be ready for us.”
Winning where they’ve rarely (or never) won makes for a ready-made motivational tactic for Dixon.
”I don’t know if it registers because of playing here, but it’s easy to set goals. It is good to say the firsts,” he said.
Wes Harris and Anthony McKinney give me a lot of hope for how good this line will be in 2018. Count me in the minority that think the unit will actually be better.
Biggest unanswered question: TCU’s offensive line performed well in 2017. Injuries the previous season limited the group’s incoming chemistry, but that didn’t seem to hurt the group in long run. Entering 2018, the Frogs must replace five starters, including three multi-year starters. That in itself is a major question mark and may be the biggest area of concern for the upcoming year. The lack of a true center is also concerning. The Harris brothers from Aledo have experience at the position and should receive some reps this spring.
Why 2018 production could be better: It won’t be. TCU looks to run the ball more in 2018 and now has a scrambler at quarterback. The Frogs’ offense could really struggle to gain traction if the inexperienced O-line proves to be suspect. Best-case scenario? The young guys mature fast and Anthony McKinney has a nice spring. His size could make up for some players that graduated.