As shown in the picture here, Williams may be the Big Ten's best leaper or even athlete. During his first two seasons in Minneapolis, however, Williams never really figured it out leaving Gopher fans frustrated with the once thought-to-be future lottery pick.
To say that Trevor Mbakwe's injury last season was a blessing would be downright dumb. However, it did help players like Williams find their niche on the team. During the team's first seven games (when Mbakwe was healthy), Williams only scored in double figures twice. In the team's final 31 games, Williams scored in double figures 24 times including a streak of the final nine games of the season which was finished off with a loss to Stanford in the NIT Final.
I believe that two things were the main causes for Williams' sudden emergence. First, he suddenly became the team's go-to-guy with both Mbakwe and Ralph Sampson III falling to injuries. Also, Williams moved from small forward to power forward due to the loss of these two big guys. Williams played power forward in high school, and although he is not a low post player, he is also not an outside shooter. Williams is a slasher that is lanky enough to guard and block shots on taller players. Now that Williams and Mbakwe should both be healthy again in 2012-13, what is Tubby Smith to do?
Recommendation: PG-Hollins, SG-Coleman, SF-Hollins, PF-Williams, C-Mbakwe.
Now although this starting lineup is unlikely, this would have the Golden Gopher's top five players on the floor at once (with the exception of maybe Julian Welch in for Joe Coleman). Williams should see time at both small and power forward this season, but this lineup is at least worth trying for a team as deep, both at guard and in general, as Minnesota.