Updated on 4/6/2021. Written by Alan Lu.
2021 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 26
Projected Draft Range: Mid 1st to 2nd Round
Adequate scorer off the dribble
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Solid defender that can get steals and blocks
Very good athlete
Needs to improve his shooting
Tends to shy away from contact
Does not draw enough free throws
Prone to hoisting up questionable shots
Can play too wildly on offense
Gambles too much defensively
Needs to add strength
Questionable feel for the game
Has had a disappointing freshman season
Ziaire Williams is a very athletic, skilled player that possesses a strong blend of athleticism, versatility, and all-around skills. He is a high-flyer that can throw down thunderous dunks around the basket, and he also can pull up to knock down a flurry of jumpers, especially from mid-range.
He also is an unselfish player that can find teammates on the move, and he is a rangy defender that can play shut down defense. While he has shown the ability to knock down outside shots, he will need to be much more consistent in making three-point shots from beyond the arc. He also can struggle to get all the way to the hoop on drives to the basket. After having a sterling debut where he scored 19 points and had 8 rebounds in his team’s win over Alabama, Williams did not play nearly as well since, and he ended up putting up poor shooting percentages this season.
Right now, his draft stock is fairly high, but he’s been maddeningly inefficient as a shooter and scorer, similar to Atlanta Hawks’ forward Cam Reddish when he was a freshman at Duke. Ziaire Williams’ stock may be high for now, but don’t be surprised if he ends up getting drafted lower than expected.
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