In the months leading up to the 2015-16 college basketball season, BTPowerhouse will be releasing a new series called the 'BTPowerhouse 25,' which features the Top 25 players in the Big Ten as voted by members of the staff. All players set to be on Big Ten rosters for next season were eligible during the staff vote with their top selection receiving 25 points and their 25th and final selection receiving 1 point.
Today, we take a look at Indiana's Troy Williams who came in at #7 on the list. Not only is Williams looking to take the next leap for the Indiana Hoosiers over the course of this season, but everyone including NBA scouts will be looking for him to take the next step as well.
‘BTP 25'- #7 Troy Williams
- Eligibility: Junior
- Career Totals: 64 games, 1,570 minutes, 651 points, 378 rebounds, 93 assists
- 2014-15 Averages: 27.6 min, 13.0 pts, 7.4 rebs, 2.0 asts, 0.5 blks, 1.0 stls
- Positional Role: Small forward
Troy Williams is a player who needs to have the ball in his hands a lot more. His 54 percent field goal percentage in the 2014-2015 season illustrates that completely. Williams is a very gifted player who picks his spots on the floor. His aggressiveness on the fast break offensively and defensively gives the team the energy that will set the tone for the Indiana Hoosiers in the 2015-2016 season.
Williams is very athletic. He has a great leaping ability and he puts it to good use offensively and defensively. At 6'7 and weighing 215 pounds, Williams isn't afraid to fight for position in the paint against power forwards and centers. The mid range and inside game are his best traits.
He can create his own shot off the dribble and drive to the lane in traffic to give himself a chance at the free throw line. Williams is also a pretty good in the rebound category for a small forward as he averaged 7.4 boards a game during the 2014-2015 season.
Areas for Improvement
Williams could work a little bit better at the free throw line. In his freshman year, he shot 67 percent from the charity stripe. In his sophomore year, he shot 74 percent. At the small forward position, it would be nice to see him reach around 76 and 77 percent mark. Of course, his bread and butter is attacking the basket. So anytime Williams has an opportunity to make it to the free throw line, he needs to make the most of it.
Williams can jump out of a gym. Anytime an NBA scout can see that type of talent in the player in question, the player will get some high praise with the word, "potential" getting brought up a lot. Williams will be no different. If he can develop a more consistent perimeter jumper, he could see himself being a mid first round draft pick if he decides to opt for the NBA after his junior year.
If Williams stays with the same level of consistency, he could use an extra year with the Hoosiers. He's a talented player, so he has plenty of room to grow.
- Players That Just Missed The Cut
- #25 - Kendrick Nunn (Illinois)
- #24 - Bryant McIntosh (Northwestern)
- #22 (tie) Rasheed Sulaimon (Maryland)
- #22 (tie) - Thomas Bryant (Indiana)
- #21 - Rapheal Davis (Purdue)
- #20 - Derrick Walton Jr. (Michigan)
- #19 - Caleb Swanigan (Purdue)
- #18 - Shavon Shields (Nebraska)
- #17 - Eron Harris (Michigan State)
- #16 - Zak Irvin (Michigan)
- #15 - Jae'Sean Tate (Ohio State)
- #14 - Bronson Koenig (Wisconsin)
- #13 - Alex Olah (Northwestern)
- #11 (tie) - Diamond Stone (Maryland)
- #11 (tie) - James Blackmon, Jr. (Indiana)
- #10 - Malcolm Hill (Illinois)
- #9 - Jarrod Uthoff (Iowa)
- #8 - Jake Layman (Maryland)
- #7 - Troy Williams (Indiana)
- #6 - To be continued ...