A change from the usual

Kameron Williams will bring a unique ability to score to Columbus, but his presence does mark a change for Thad Matta.

When Thad Matta and the Ohio State Buckeyes landed Kameron Williams on Tuesday afternoon it was a departure from their usual script. It isn't that Williams lacks talent, because he brings what OSU fans are used to in that regard, but for Matta it is a major change from what he has had in the backcourt recently.

At 6-foot-2 and 165 pounds, Williams is a pure shooting guard. He is one of the best scorers in the class. During the Nike EYBL he was not only one of the highest scoring players in the class, but someone who did it with a lot of efficiency.

That is important for Ohio State, because the current roster lacks a go to scorer outside of junior power forward Deshaun Thomas who is likely to entertain the possibility of leaving after the year for the NBA.

So while Williams adds the much needed scoring punch on the perimeter, OSU fans and opponents might be surprised in the form that it happens.

Over the last five years Ohio State has started players such as William Buford, Jon Diebler, Lenzelle Smith, and Evan Turner at the shooting guard position. All of those players go at least 6-foot-4 and roughly 200 pounds. In fact, Matta even played the 6-foot-6 Turner at point guard for two years.

While Matta has recruited two point guards, Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott, who wouldn't go be classified as especially tall, he has never recruited a shooting guard at Ohio State that stands shorter than 6-foot-3.

The only player who Matta ever had play the position at that size was Jamar Butler, and Butler was more of a point guard and was a player Matta inherited from departed coach Jim O'Brien.

In the grand scheme of things it isn't a huge difference, as the point guards at Ohio State are both fairly big for the position and each are very strong, but it could signal a bit of a change for Matta in terms of what he is looking for on the wing. Instead of only looking at the 6-foot-5 or 6-foot-6 player with length and a strong frame, he now could be more open to the slight scorer which Williams is.

Regardless of his size, the expectation is for Williams to come in right away. Smith is the only natural shooting guard on the roster and he will be a senior when Williams is a freshman. Add in that Smith might be best served at the small forward position, and it is clear that Williams is not only going to have the opportunity to earn minutes immediately, but he will be expected to play a key role.

This is definitely a change from how Matta has done things over the course of his tenure at Ohio State, but Williams has a unique ability to put the ball in the basket, and that is what attracted the Buckeyes to him.


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