What Williams’ departure meansby Brad Allis on Apr. 13, 2011, under Sports
To almost no one’s surprise, Derrick Williams declared for the NBA Draft. What came to a mild surprise was that he elected to hire an agent. Yup, that’s right, Williams is gone. So what does that mean for the Wildcats?
The initial reaction is that is means the Wildcats go from a top-5 team to a fringe top-25 team. They go from a clear Pac-10 favorite, to one of four teams that can win the league (joining Cal, UCLA and Washington). In many ways they go from the team they were at the end of the season to the team I thought they would be before the season.
It means the pressure is on the frontcourt players. Jesse Perry needs to step up and be more consistent. Kyryl Natyazkho has to become a space eater and rebounder. It means at least one, if not both of the incoming freshmen need to step up next season. Either Sidki Johnson or Angelo Chol needs to be able to log 15-25 quality minutes a night and probably grab 5-7 rebounds.
There is a positive, the Wildcats only need t say goodbye to a pair of players to fit in their entire recruiting class. Had Williams returned, Sean Miller would have had some decisions to make.
For a more detailed analysis of Williams’ departure, check out WildcatSportsReport.com