A player to watch: Troy Williams

Troy Williams exploded for 22 points and eight rebounds Thursday night against Washington. How will he fare Friday against UConn?

With each game this season we'll put the spotlight on an Indiana player that we believe is someone to keep an eye on for that particular game.

For tonight's game 2K Sports Classic championship game at Madison Square Garden against the University of Connecticut, we'll take a look at freshman Troy Williams.

And why not? After the way he played Thursday night where he scored 22 points and pulled down eight rebounds against the University of Washington, all eyes on the national stage will be on the freshman forward tonight. Williams has impressed me early on as being a player who lives in the moment. When the bright lights come on, he's looking for that chance to make a dazzling highlight film type of play. And more often than not he doesn't disappoint. Will Sheehey said it best following IU's win Thursday night. He said that Williams is always around the rim and when you are focused like that, good things are going to happen. Williams is quickly showing he has great versatility in his game. He can drive, create, and attack as well as anyone on this Indiana team. He can knock down the spot up jump shot. He is very active on the defensive end, too. Add it up and he's player who is destined for many more breakout games like the one he experienced Thursday night.

Through five games, Williams is averaging 12.4 points in 23.4 minutes per game. He has started all five games. He is shooting the ball well. He is shooting 53.8 percent from the field on 21-of-39 shots. He has only attempted five 3-pointers (two of them last night) and has made one. From the line, he's just a shade under 80 percent at 19-of-24 free throws in five games. He is averaging six rebounds per game and leads the team in steals with nine. One area that needs to improve is his assist-to-turnover ratio. Right now it stands at two assists and 11 turnovers. Still, that's just over two turnovers per game which isn't terrible.

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