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Monday, June 19, 2006

Sports Illustrated NBA Draft Bio: Shawne Williams

NBA Draft Bio-Shawne Williams
Sports Illustrated
Sunday Jun 18, 2006

NAME: Shawne Williams
SCHOOL: Memphis
HEIGHT: 6-foot-9
WEIGHT: 225 pounds

SCOUTING REPORT: Ever since Williams decided to attend Memphis, skipping the 2005 draft in the process, he has had one eye on leaving early for the NBA. It only took one year with the Tigers to solidify himself as a player that oozes professional talent. At 6-9, he has the ability to grab a defensive rebound and dribble coast-to-coast and finish at the bucket on his own, a game well suited for the NBA. While Williams has the skills to fit in at the NBA level, he unfortunately has terrible shot selection. Williams shot 41.6 percent from the floor last season, terrible for a player that operated inside as much as he did. Included in those numbers is a five-game stretch where he shot 13-for-51. Williams has the ability to hit from outside, converting 31.2 percent from downtown, but he is more dangerous off the dribble. He has a tendency to rush his shot, settling for a contested jumper rather than using his driving ability to try to get to the rim. Once at the basket, Williams can finish with the best of them, using his wingspan to create in the air and finish, even while taking contact. Williams was able to excel against solid competition, dropping a season-high 26 points on eventual national runner-up UCLA. He tended to disappear for entire games, however, including a dismal eight-point performance on 2-for-9 shooting in an Elite Eight rematch loss to the Bruins during the NCAA tournament. His tendency to not have his head in the game coupled with his questionable work ethic has dramatically hurt Williams' stock. He is no question a top-10 talent, but his peripheral negatives may have pushed him down come draft night.

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