Auburn lands player with high ceiling

What kind of player is Auburn landing in New Williams? Scout.com breaks the four-star prospect down.

On Saturday, Auburn landed a commitment from 6-foot-2, 160-pound Santa Monica (Calif.) shooting guard New Williams.

The 2015 prospect is one of the top athletes in his class and a player that, should he stay healthy, gives Bruce Pearl a chance to be a very good player down the road.

After missing the bulk of his sophomore season with a broken wrist, Williams tore his ACL during his junior year and has been out since.

Williams' development has stalled with the injuries, but his upside remains the same. Because of the lack of reps, the lefty is very far from a finished product and he has the upside to ultimately be a really good player.

Williams is a shooting guard who scores first, but also has the vision to ultimately play on the ball with more experience and improved ball handling.

His best tool, by far, is his freak athleticism; he's a level 10 athlete both laterally and vertically. You won't find many better athletes nationally in the class.

Williams is also a pretty good shooter. He can hit from three - and gets really good elevation on the shot - but also has a two-dribble pull-up midrange jumper that he hits pretty consistently, another shot he gets excellent lift on.

The rising senior will have to keep developing as a ball handler, but once he gets going his athleticism makes him tough for other guards to stop. Defensively he has the chance to be a lockdown guy against both ones and twos.

While Williams is raw and hasn't had the reps of many other guys in his class, his potential is through the roof. He's an NBA athlete that will be able to knock down shots and defend multiple positions; he just needs reps and more coaching.

For Auburn, taking Williams is an easy decision. If you're right about him, you have a total steal. He's going to have to stay healthy and keep improving his skill set, but this is a kid with a very high upside.


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