The Bad Boy from BC
Posted by r1zzo23 on June 25, 2007
It seems that the NFL and NBA are cracking down on player conduct. If you watched the NFL Draft, I think the most recited phrase was “red flag” by all of the analysts as all the teams were worrying about picking the next Adam “Pacman” Jones or Tank Johnson (released by the Bears just hours ago). The NBA has Ron Artest who seems to be quiet now, but we all know he is just a ticking time bomb that could explode at any minute. Boston College had to rid themselves of a very talented big man last season due to his stupidity.
Sean Williams, a 6-10 center from BC, was one of the best defensive players in the country. He set the BC blocked shots record as a freshman, then topped himself his sophomore year in less games. As a junior, he continued his growth as a basketball player, adding a nice little turnaround jumper in the post as well as range up to 15 feet on his shot. He also led the nation in blocks per game through 15 games with five a night. His average was third best in the nation by the end of the season behind Michell Gladness from Alabama A&M with 6.3 and Stephane Lasme of UMass (my boy!!!) with 5.1 per game. This is where all the good news ends.
Williams was kicked off of the Boston College squad for once again having a run in with the law for drug abuse, effectively ending his collegiate career. With a demeanor like his, you would have thought he would have called it quits for school and just went back to Houston to prepare for the draft. He did BC basketball a favor and stayed in school and finished his junior year before heading home to prepare for the draft.
In the last month of the season, I saw that NBADraft.net had Williams going in the mid-2nd round, and that’s when I started drooling all over him for the Celtics at #32. This is when I believed we had a shot at getting a top-2 pick. So I started thinking if we got Durant, we could still add a defensive stud in Williams in the 2nd round. If we had gotten Oden, I was thinking Taurean Green. But neither of those happened. Heck, not only did we not get Oden or Durant, but we definitely can’t get Williams with our draft picks.
Williams could very well be the 2nd best defensive player in this draft behind only Oden, but his baggage is what is keeping him from climbing the draft boards any higher. He is slated to go in the early-20s, but if he had played out his junior year without the final incident, he would have easily been a lottery pick. Although I don’t value his opinion much at all, Skip Balyess said that Sean Williams would have the third best career of any player coming out in this draft. I almost have to agree with him on that point.
Where will Williams go? The latest I could see him go is San Antonio at #28. Not only do I not think he will fall that far, but I don’t even know if the Spurs would take a chance on him as they don’t need any distractions in their locker room. Detroit at #27 would love to see him on the board then, but that’s also not going to happen. Charlotte would take him at #22 and would be a nice fit as he could be Okafor’s defensive counterpart, giving them two good, young, athletic bigs. Washington and New Jersey at #16 and #17, respectively, are probably the top spots that Williams will land. Two teams in dire need of a good defensive big, I don’t see how either of them could pass him by.
Has he straightened out? Peter May of the Boston Globe had a great article about Sean Williams. When asked about Williams, his trainer, John Lucas, worries about him getting in trouble, but not for drug related issues.
He worries me from the standpoint that he’s going to get a speeding ticket or a ticket for running a red light. That’s it.
I would love to see this kid come out and have a great NBA career. I loved watching him play for the Eagles and would love him even more if he would dawn the green of the Boston Celtics, but that looks highly unlikely. I do know this: wherever he goes, I’ll be cheering for him to excel and I’ll be keeping up on his progress. Heck, maybe I’ll make sure I get to the Celtics game when he comes to town.