In the months leading up to the 2020-’21 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's edition will take a brief look at Trevion Williams of the Purdue Boilermakers, who landed tied at No. 7 in our preseason player rankings. The Boilermakers enter this season trying to improve on last year’s underwhelming finish. Williams was one of the team’s top contributors last season and should be once again.
'BTPowerhouse 25' - No. 7 Trevion Williams:
- Eligibility: Junior
- Career Totals: 65 games, 1,017 minutes, 532 points, 374 rebounds, 63 assists
- 2019-’20 Averages: 21.5 min, 11.5 pts, 7.6 rebs, 1.5 asts, 0.4 blks, 0.6 stls
- Positional Role: Power Forward
Purdue had a bizarre 2019-’20 season. The Boilermakers went 16-15 overall, but finished 24th nationally on KenPom. The team was led by Williams and Eric Hunter and always seemed better than its overall record. However, things didn’t quite come together against a brutal schedule. Fans are hoping that changes this time around.
After playing limited minutes in 2018-’19, fans weren’t expecting a ton from Williams heading into last season. There was potential there, but most expected him to be a complimentary piece for the Boilermakers. However, he took off in mid-December and never looked back. Williams dominated the team’s offensive production and was a monster on the boards, leading the league in offensive rebounding rate during league play.
Perhaps one underrated part of Williams’ game is his passing ability. He finished 14th in the league in assist rate during Big Ten play and consistently created for others offensive. Additionally, Williams also held his own as a defensive player last season, finishing 22nd in the league in steal rate. Williams remains a dominant force inside and is one of the better offensive forwards in the league.
-Areas for Improvement
Realistically, this probably won’t happen, but the biggest area where Williams could improve is outside the arc. He only attempted nine three-pointers during all of last season and was never really able to threaten opponents from deep. If Williams is going to ascend into a serious NBA prospect, that’s where he’s going to have to grow. However, this seems like a tall task given his nature skillset.
Aside from improving outside the arc, Williams could also take some steps forward in his endurance and ability to avoid fouls while on the floor. He was arguably Purdue’s best player last season, but only played 52.4 percent of the team’s minutes. If the Boilermakers are going to make some serious noise, that needs to improve.
Expect Williams to be a dominant force for Purdue offensively this year. The Boilermakers are going to look for him to initiate things and make plays down low. And if he can improve his consistency and ability to stay on the floor, he has a serious shot at All-Big Ten first team status if things go well.
'BTPowerhouse 25' Rankings:
- #27-28 - Players That Just Missed The Cut
- #25 - Adam Miller (Illinois)
- #25 - Miller Kopp (Northwestern)
- #22 - Ron Harper (Rutgers)
- #22 - Eric Hunter (Purdue)
- #22 - CJ Fredrick (Iowa)
- #21 - Rob Phinisee (Indiana)
- #20 - Khristian Lander (Indiana)
- #19 - Seth Towns (Ohio State)
- #17 - Nate Reuvers (Wisconsin)
- #17 - Mark “Rocket” Watts (Michigan State)
- #16 - Micah Potter (Wisconsin)
- #15 - Marcus Carr (Minnesota)
- #14 - Joey Hauser (Michigan State)
- #13 - Jordan Bohannon (Iowa)
- #12 - Geo Baker (Rutgers)
- #11 - D’Mitrik Trice (Wisconsin)
- #10 - Aaron Wiggins (Maryland)
- #9 - Aaron Henry (Michigan State)
- #7 - Trevion Williams (Purdue)
- #7 - To be continued . . .