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Marcus Williams out of Connecticut
Marcus Williams
6-3, 202 lb junior PG out of Connecticut
Age: 28 years, 232 days old
HomeTown: Los Angeles, CA
NBA Upside: Deron Williams
ClutchFans Mock Draft: Not in the lottery
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Marcus Williams Profile
If your hope in the 2006 NBA Draft is to get a true point guard, then your hope is to get Marcus Williams. The 6-foot-3 guard led the nation in assists at 8.6 a contest (to go with his 12.3 points) and is the all-time assist per game leader in Big East Conference history. He dished out eight or more assists in 16 of 23 games as a junior. The NCAA Tournament is where his stock really soared in the eyes of NBA scouts as he averaged 20.0 points and 8.8 assists in four games.

The talent doesn't come without character issues however as Williams was arrested for larceny in August of 2005 for trying to sell laptops stolen from student dorm rooms, and missed the first 9 games of his junior season. He was also suspended for most of his freshman year due to academic troubles.
Marcus Williams Strengths
Likely the best point guard in the 2006 NBA Draft. Unselfish player who loves to set up his teammates. Natural lefty who has good handles. Will get out and run - very effective at pushing the ball and makes great passes in transition. Sees the floor very well. Crafty scorer. Good three-point shooter who hit over 40% the past two seasons. Hit over 86% from the free throw line as a junior. Good size for his position.
Marcus Williams Weaknesses
Turnover prone - must take better care of the ball as he averaged 3.7 turnovers a night as a junior. Doesn't blow you away with his athleticism. Decent shooter, but will need to improve his mid-range game. Character issues -- was his arrest last year a one-time problem or something that could resurface once millions of dollars are in his bank account?
Marcus Williams on the Houston Rockets?
Depending on your view of Rafer Alston, the Rockets may or may not need a point guard -- you can certainly debate whether it is their primary need. However, it's often said by NBA people that center and point guard are the two hardest positions to fill. Williams looks like he could be a solid point guard in the league for many years and would look nice feeding Yao in the post and McGrady on the wing. You can bet the Rockets are doing a lot of homework on him at the moment.
-- Clutch
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UConn Highlights
Great clips -- over 6 minutes of UConn Huskie basketball highlights from 2006. Marcus Williams is wearing #5

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