Derrick Williams has a new jersey number in Minnesotaby Anthony Gimino on Jun. 24, 2011, under Arizona basketball
Former Arizona Wildcat forward Derrick Williams is no longer No. 23.
The second pick in the NBA Draft was introduced today at a news conference in Minneapolis, where he was handed a jersey with the number 7.
“I wanted to keep a single digit number. I didn’t want to get number 23 anymore,” he said in a one-on-one interview with a member of the team’s official web site.
“I felt like that’s Jordan’s number. I just wanted to something different. I’m in a different league now and I just wanted to start fresh and start all over.”
In addition to a video (and transcript) of the one-on-one interview, this link to the official site also has video of part of Williams’ larger session with the media.
And here’s one more thing: NBA video has an all-access look at Williams on draft day.