Iowa Basketball: Freshman Guard Christian Williams Won't Redshirt

Freshman guard Christian Williams not expected to redshirt this year.

Fran McCaffery spoke to media on Wednesday, just a couple days before Iowa's second exhibition basketball game of the year where they will play Augustana.

In the first exhibition contest against Sioux Falls, McCaffery played each of the five freshmen looking to see how they would respond. A trio got considerable playing time in Andrew Fleming, Ahmad Wagner, and Christian Williams. Isaiah Moss and Brandon Hutton got into the game very late and played significantly less than Fleming, Williams, and Wagner.

After the game, McCaffery raved about the play of Williams.

"I thought he was terrific," McCaffery said about his freshman guard. "I thought Christian was terrific. He clearly understood our concepts defensively. I played him at the 2, I played him at the 1. (He had a) big steal. He's just a good player."

When asked if that is why he got in the game early in the second half against Sioux Falls or if it was his play in practice, McCaffery responded, "A little of both."

On Wednesday of this week, McCaffery was pretty blunt about the plan for Williams.

"I would say he's probably not going to redshirt, yeah," McCaffery shared. "He's a really good wing player, and that's the tough thing with him, because we are working him in at the point and we do need him to play point moving forward. But he is almost 6-foot-7 and he's got a 6-foot-11 wingspan. He's really good in transition. He's a really good offensive rebounder. Your point guard doesn't offensive rebound, you get him back on defense. So he's got a unique skill set that ultimately you like to take full advantage of an not pigeonhole hi into one spot that limits maybe some of the things he can do. So that's going to be interesting to see how that unfolds."

Williams shared his thoughts on media day on what he can bring to the table for the Hawkeyes this season. 

"I think I bring a lot," Williams mentioned. "Offensively and defensively. I'm a pretty good scorer but prefer myself to be a passer. I'm a good rebounder as well and that's what I want to do."

"The coaching staff would like to see me get better at defense," he added. "Coach Speraw has told me I could be one of the top defensive players in the country and that's what we're shooting for."


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