Painful at times, the growing process for freshman guard Mike Williams took the next step Tuesday with his first home start.
Williams, one of two healthy guards on scholarship, jumped into a bigger role during the Thanksgiving weekend after an injury to starter Bishop Daniels. The result is nine points per game, 32.2 minutes and a 34 percent shooting mark over five games.
Daniels could be back as soon as Sunday, said head coach Eddie Jordan, but it is no guarantee that he returns as a starter.
However long it takes, Williams said he is ready for the responsibilities.
"When Bishop got hurt, two things stepped into my mind," Williams said. "Bishop, I hope he's good because we need him. I said I had to take a bigger role now and be one of the leaders."
Daniels returns to practice Thursday, and could be available Sunday against Manhattan at Madison Square Garden.