Williams Performs Well At McDonald's Game

In the 25th annual McDonald's All-American boys basketball game last night at Madison Square Garden in New York City, a crowd of 16,505 and millions watching on ESPN saw Wake recruit Eric Williams for the first time. Williams did not dissapoint either, and neither did his team as they won 138-107.

In a game featuring 27 dunks in 48 minutes of play and a contest with 245 total points, it is hard to get an accurate read on how good players(especially big men) are at this stage in their careers.

However, after watching Eric Williams play in the McDonald's All-American game last night, one this is obvious...Well, it has been obvious to anyone who has seen that he is 6'9 285 as well. This kid is a beast.

When Williams got position down low Thursday night, he could not be moved. Even the most elite big men in the high school game could not nudge the 285 pounder out of the way for position.

In just 14 total minutes of play in yesterday's McDonald's game, Williams scored nine points on 4-10 shooting but just 1-4 from the line.

His most telling stat, however, may be his rebounding total. Williams pulled down a game-high 13 boards in yesterday's contest. Most of these boards came in his six minute playing stint in the third quarter.

Overall, he was a load inside and could not be moved when down low. He has good hands and an excellent ability to rebound. He's not overly slow for a man his size, either.

On the other side of things, his stamina looks to be a problem now, but that is to be expected. Williams must also learn to finish around the basket and work on his defense, but that is also to be expected. In fact, working on these kids games' is what Skip Prosser is paid to do.

It will be fun to see what Prosser can do with Williams over the next four years.


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