NC State knew going in that they would need a great outing from C.J. Williams on the defensive end, but you have to believe Mark Gottfried was also thrilled with the efficiency and aggressiveness that Williams played with offensively.
Here is a look at his shot attempts and how Williams was able to get free for those scoring opportunities.
|Field Goal Attempts||6-12|
|Free Throw Attempts||1-1|
1st Half: 15:41- Williams leaks out in transition and spots up on the left wing. Lorenzo Brown finds him quickly, Williams knocks down the 3-pointer. He was wide open. FG (1-1), FT (0-0): 3 Points
1st Half: 13:40- Williams leaks out again in transition and spots up on the left wing. Lorenzo Brown finds him quickly, Williams knocks down the 3-pointer. He was wide open. FG (2-2), FT (0-0): 6 Points
1st Half: 8:05- Williams misses a wide open 3-pointer in a halfcourt set off an extra pass from Alex Johnson. FG (2-3), FT (0-0): 6 Points
1st Half: 4:29- With Wake in a zone defense, Williams misses an open look behind the 3-point line at the top of the key. FG (2-4), FT (0-0): 6 Points
1st Half: 3:22- Williams crashes the boards on a 3-point attempt by Alex Johnson but the long rebound goes out to Lorenzo Brown. Brown hits Williams with a quick pass under the basket, and he converts a reverse layup with Ty Walker contesting. FG (3-5), FT (0-0): 8 Points
2nd Half: 18:55- Williams leaks out in transition, and Brown found him again, but this time instead of settling for the 3-pointer he attacks the basket and converts, drawing a foul on the play. Williams hits the free throw. FG (4-6), FT (1-1): 11 Points
2nd Half: 18:28- Williams misses a wide open 3-pointer in transition. FG (4-7), FT (1-1): 11 Points
2nd Half: 16:12- Lorenzo Brown attempts a step-back jumper that bounces hard off the rim. Williams grabs the rebound and knocks down a quick, turnaround jumper. FG (5-8), FT (1-1): 13 Points
|C.J. Williams Shot Chart|
2nd Half: 15:35- Williams catches the ball off a baseline screen from DeShawn Painter and misses a baseline jumper. FG (5-9), FT (1-1): 13 Points
2nd Half: 15:25- Williams receives a kick-out pass off an offensive rebound and misses a deep 3-pointer. FG (5-10), FT (1-1): 13 Points
2nd Half: 8:24- Great play by Williams. He notices he has a smaller defender on him in Chase Fischer and takes him in the post. He gets an entry pass from Alex Johnson, takes one dribble, and hits a turnaround jumper.FG (6-11), FT (1-1): 15 Points
2nd Half: 7:03- Williams misses an open pull-up jumper. FG (6-12), FT (1-1): 15 Points
Parting Shots: What stood out in observing each of C.J.'s shot attempts was his willingness to get out and run in transition. Obviously, that had to be a focal point for the team as State looked to run after every turnover, rebound, and made basket.
What Williams did was sprint down the sideline and find an opening where point guard Lorenzo Brown could easily find him. Four of his 12 shot attempts came in transition, and three of those plays resulted in made baskets for nine points (2 3-pointers and a 3-point play). It seemed that he was taking advantage of "cross switches," where the man who was supposed to be guarding him was actually being guarded himself by a different State defender, so when Williams got out in transition he was "lost" and unguarded.
Williams missed all four of his three-point attempts that came in halfcourt sets but did hit four shots along the baseline on the right side of the rim, two layups and two mid-range jumpers.
As you can see by his shot chart, Williams took shots from all over the floor and on all three levels, at the rim, from mid-range, and behind the 3-point line. None of his shots seemed forced... they were all virtually clean, aggressive looks.
He finished the game with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting, but he impacted just as much defensively where he helped limit C.J. Harris and Travis McKie, Wake's two best scorers, to a combined 4-of-17 shooting from the field.
Who would have thought heading into the game that C.J. Williams would score more than C.J. Harris and Travis McKie combined?
C.J. Harris came into the game averaging 18.4 points per game while shooting 52% from the field, terrific numbers for a guard, so State knew they had to try and limit him if they were going to win the game. They certainly did that, as Harris finished just 3-of-12 from the field while scoring a season-low 10 points.
Here is an in-depth look at his scoring chances in the loss to NC State.
1st Half: 16:23- C.J. Harris gets the ball at the top of the key and uses a hesitation dribble to get by Scott Wood. His driving layup is altered at the rim by C.J. Leslie. FG (0-1), FT (0-0): 0 Points
1st Half: 15:54- Lining up on the left wing, Harris goes backdoor on Scott Wood, and converts a contested layup over Richard Howell. FG (1-2), FT (0-0): 2 Points
|Field Goal Attempts||3-12|
|Free Throw Attempts||4-6|
1st Half: 14:44- Harris catches the ball on the wing and uses a two-dribble pull-up on Scott Wood. He pump fakes and draws the foul. Harris hits one of two free throws. FG (1-2), FT (1-2): 3 Points
1st Half: 11:38- Harris runs the baseline off a set and pops open for a 3-pointer that me misses. C.J. Williams contested the attempt late. FG (1-3), FT (1-2): 3 Points
1st Half: 9:37- Harris faces up Lorenzo Brown at the top off the key and dribble-drives to the free throw line. He pulls up and again pump fakes, but Brown doesn't leave his feet and contests the jumper with his length. Harris shoots an airball. FG (1-4), FT (1-2): 3 Points
1st Half: 4:40- Harris comes off a high-ball screen and is free at the free throw line, but Scott Wood recovers and blocks his shot from behind. However, a foul is called on Wood. Harris hits one of two free throws.FG (1-4), FT (2-4): 4 Points
1st Half: 2:35- C.J. Harris misses a deep 3-pointer from the top of the key with the shot clock running down. Lorenzo Brown contested the three-point attempt. FG (1-5), FT (2-4): 4 Points
1st Half: 0:09- C.J. Harris misses another deep 3-pointer, this time off a dribble handoff from Tony Chenault.FG (1-6), FT (2-4): 4 Points
2nd Half: 19:01- Harris attacks the basket off a high-ball screen from Ty Walker. He gets the switch with DeShawn Painter and uses his body to fend off Painter who tried blocking the layup, scoring on the play. FG (2-7), FT (2-4): 6 Points
2nd Half: 18:47- Harris misses another 3-pointer off a high-ball screen from Ty Walker. FG (2-8), FT (2-4): 6 Points
2nd Half: 15:44- Harris catches the ball off a down-screen curling at the 3-point line. Scott Wood recovers and forces Harris to take a dribble who then pump fakes the jump shot. He got Wood off his feet, initiated contact, and drew the shooting foul. Harris hit both free throws. FG (2-8), FT (4-6): 8 Points
|C.J. Harris Shot Chart|
2nd Half: 15:18- Harris uses a crossover dribble on Lorenzo Brown that frees him up for a baseline jumper. Harris badly misses the shot short. FG (2-9), FT (4-6): 8 Points
2nd Half: 14:13- Harris gets another screen at the top of the key but, Lorenzo Brown recovers and forces Harris to attempted a tough, left-handed floater that he misses hard off the backboard. FG (2-10), FT (4-6): 8 Points
2nd Half: 5:26- Harris hits a reverse layup after driving baseline on C.J. Williams. FG (3-11), FT (4-6): 10 Points
2nd Half: 4:42- Harris comes off a high-screen but C.J. Williams recovers in the paint, forces a contested turnaround jumper by Harris that he misses. FG (3-12), FT (4-6): 10 Points
Parting Shots: State did a great job of mixing up defenders on Harris and giving him different looks.
At various times, Scott Wood, C.J. Williams, and Lorenzo Brown guarded Harris, and all three did well. Brown said after the game that the staff instructed them to not leave their feet when Harris pumpfakes because of a lot of his scoring is initiated with a pumpfake. For the most part, State did that, although Scott Wood was burned a couple of times and fouled Harris on pumpfakes, sending him to the line for four free throws.
Harris is also a good shooter off-the-catch, and State was great at taking that away. Only two of his 12 shot attempts came without Harris taking a dribble, and both of those were deep 3-pointers (one off a baseline curl and the other a dribble handoff).
Because Harris is a little undersized for a shooting guard (he is listed at 6'3), State's guards were able to use their length (Brown and Williams are listed at 6'5, Wood is listed at 6'7) to harass and bother the majority of his shot attempts. Once they didn't go for the pumpfake, it left Harris in awkward situations where he had to attempt forced shots. The few times he did beat his defender and get in the lane, Pack big men rotated well and altered/contested his shot attempts.
While Harris did miss a few shots he might normally make, State's defense on him was outstanding.