Williams averaged 26 points and 5 assists per game last year. As we profiled a few weeks ago, he fell through the recruiting process due to qualifying extremely late. He had offers from UAB and several other mid-majors, and he was drawing significant interest from NC State and a few high majors.
The three greatest gaps in next year's team are/were:
- No proven scholarship shooting guards -- Demario Mayfield is coming in as a Felton recruit and Ebuka Anyaorah (redshirt last season due to injury) may help there, but we needed more potential answers. Williams is slight of build, but he gives us more offensive options here.
Signing Williams is not a cure all. The roster still has deep fundamental flaws for 2009-2010, but the risk of posting another momentum-less 20 or so loss season has been dramatically reduced with this signing. I think a 9-4 non-conference and 6-10 SEC record is very manageable, and that would put the team on the cusp for a Tier 3 post-season tourney like the CBI. Given where the team was last year, that would be solid Year 1 improvement. It would buy Fox more time to recruit players for 2010 and 2011.
- No back-up point guard -- Assuming Dustin Ware cuts down his turnovers, he should experience a great deal of improvement next year. However, there was no point guard on the roster to push him to improve. Heaven forbid Ware get hurt, there was nobody to run the team. Williams addresses a major gap here.
- Major questions at small forward -- With Travis Leslie's documented academic issues and Drazen's questionable upside, we have issues here. Signing Williams gives us the flexibility to potentially play/test Anyaorah and/or Mayfield on the wing in a three guard offense. Both are listed at 6'3"-6'4".
Separately...another target on the radar for next year was Derrio Green, a JUCO soph point guard. Green announced today that he's signing with UNC-Charlotte. They had been recruiting him longer, and we got in very late on him due to the coaching transition. Green's strength was three point shooting.
It wouldn't shock me to see UGA hold its remaining scholarships for next season. There just isn't much left that's unsigned. We will have at least four scholarships to give in 2010 plus natural attrition.