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Rodney Williams is another player who can turn defense into instant offense.
The 6'7" senior already has seven games with multiple blocks, making the opponents who get past the Hollins boys on the perimeter regret their decision to enter his house.
Williams was easily the Gophers' top performer in their Atlantis loss to Duke, recording 16 points and seven rebounds in the face of a physical Blue Devil defense.
He's crashing the offensive glass at twice the rate of his first three seasons, and there's not a player in the Big Ten who has ripped more second-chance caroms. With his sheer athleticism, he should be able to continue that production once conference play starts. That athletic ability lends itself to a lot of tip-ins and highlight reel put-back dunks.
When Rodney gets to the basket, he's drawing fouls at a career-high rate. Thankfully for Gopher fans, he's hitting nearly 70 percent from the line, also a career high. Only once has Williams been held below 12 points this season. That metronomic consistency makes him the backbone of Minnesota's effort so far, sort of like a reliable drummer.
He's the Charlie Watts of Minneapolis, if you will. Does that make Andre and Austin Hollins Mick and Keith?