Pointing to impersonation

When the Badgers play a team with bigger guards, freshman DeAaron Williams poses as a point guard

Only time will tell what position DeAaron Williams plays for the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team. The 6-foot-4 freshman from Peoria, Ill., is redshirting this season and playing an assortment of perimeter positions for the Badgers' scout team.

While Williams is prepping his teammates for their next game he is trying out different hats, seeing which one might fit best in his years to come.

This week Williams played point guard on the scout team, posing as Michigan's 6-3 Dion Harris.

"I did that a few times earlier in the school year," Williams said. "Whenever we have bigger point guards [to face] I usually play the point."

Williams was recruited as a small forward or shooting guard but he actually split time between point guard and shooting guard in high school. He looked reasonably comfortable running the point for the scout team this week but was at his best on the defensive end, using his length to impersonate Michigan's guards and pester his teammates.

"Right now I'm just trying to get my defensive skills better for all three guard positions," Williams said. "You never know what I could be put at next year. I might end up playing some point guard. I just try to learn all my positions as best I can."

Williams said he would prefer to play the ‘2' at UW but that he could slide to the ‘3' and play the ‘1' if necessary. He said he expected a lot of interchangeability with teammates Ray Nixon, Alando Tucker, Michael Flowers, Kammron Taylor and himself next year.

"I like being a ‘2' because I think I can score," Williams said.

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said he views Williams' skills the same way he did when the Badgers were recruiting him.

"He's pretty athletic, active," Ryan said. "Still has to work on some things like everybody else. Nothing's changed. But he's working at it."

Said Williams: "I have some things to work on…Still my jump shot—getting more consistent. I have to polish up some other things too."

In practice this season, Williams slashing style has looked best suited for the ‘3' but with continued improvement in his shooting and ball handling he could develop into a strong ‘2' guard.


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