Terrence Wiliams at NBA combine: "I get to showcase that I can shoot"

Ryan MillerCorrespondent IJune 11, 2009

NEW YORK - MARCH 14:  Terrence Williams #1 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Syracuse Orange during to win championship game of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 14, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Do you feel like the pre-draft combine format hurts you because your strengths come in a team game with defense, rebounding and passing and the camp is primarily individual-based?

Two weeks ago I would’ve agreed with that because that is my game, but I think a lot of people need to see how well I shoot the ball now. It kind of benefits me because a lot of people that know my game already know that I can do that, passing, rebounding and play defense already. I think the setting is kind of weird because we’re not playing against each other, but I think it does help me also because I get to showcase that I can shoot.


Where do you see yourself playing in the NBA, more of a SG or SF or even being able to bring the ball up the court?
I would say point forward, a player that you don’t label under a certain position because I can get the rebound and run the offense, or I can get the ball and start the offense on the wing.


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You’ve played in the Big East for four years, won a Big East Tournament and reached the Final Four. With so many NBA teams drafting on potential, how do you bring a different element to the table?

Sometimes when you draft on potential you pick the right guy and the right guy works out for that team well when you pick a person that’s older, the teams know what they’re capable of. They know that they’re going to get a hard-working guy that knows how to win and knows how to lead a team because he was a senior or a junior in college. When you pick off potential it can go either way, sometimes it works out for a team, sometimes it really doesn’t.


NBA Pre-draft Combine Results:

Height w/o shoes: 6' 5"
Height w/ shoes: 6' 6.25"
Weight: 213
Wingspan: 6' 9"
Standing Reach: 8' 7.5"
Body Fat: 5.1 percent
No Step Vert. 30.5
Max Vert. 37.0
Bench Press: 9
Lane Agility: 11.15
3/4 Court Sprint: 3.18 sec.

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