After spending four years filling in statistics at Virginia Commonwealth University, Vince Williams Jr. announced a 2022 NBA draft nomination, looking to follow in the footsteps of former VCU teammate and current Denver Nuggets quarterback Bones Hyland. A two-time All-A-10 selection, Williams established himself as one of the top three-position cornerbacks on the east coast throughout his college career, giving him a chance to break into the league next season.
Williams averaged 14.1 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.6 blocks per game while shooting 47.7% from the field. Few players in the conference were more productive than Williams during his senior season as he finished in the top 16 in points, assists, steals and blocks per game, ranking 11th in triples (65) and leading the boxing conferences. plus/minus (9.2).
Measurements from the 2022 NBA G League Elite Camp
Height: 6 feet, 5.5 inches
Weight: 202.6 lbs
Wingspan: 7 feet
Standing reach: 8 feet, 7 inches
Standing upright: 27 inches
creating/playing a defensive event, three-point shot, transitional pass
With the perfect physique for a strong, switchable and versatile NBA defenseman, don’t be surprised if Williams gets an immediate role despite playing in the second round like Herbert Jones. He has been a power forward in the VCU but should be able to play wide in the league given his size, speed and ball sense.
Although he shot 22% from deep in his first two seasons with the Rams, by his junior season Williams had turned into a 41.3% three-point shot and was shooting 38.7% on 5.6 attempts per game as an adult. Smooth mechanics and a solid lower body are completed with a beautiful left jumper that feels transformable thanks to Williams’ high release point and throw versatility. He easily enters transitional triples, and can also notice half the court.
Playmaking is Williams’ most underrated skill. He is not athletic or determined enough as a ball carrier to be a defender, but he can attack a faltering defense and hit undefended teammates or make the right play to create crossover opportunities.
Areas for improvement:
defending the point of attack, possession of the ball, creating a shot
Point defense and the ability to hold point guards off the switch aren’t Williams’ biggest weaknesses, but it would go the furthest towards solidifying him as an NBA player if he improved his on-screen navigation or level positioning. and/or in drip coating. He is not an elite lateral or vertical athlete, which may limit his defensive versatility as a professional and thus limit the impact he can have as a role player.
Handling the ball and creating half court shots are less important for underutilized players who thrive on accurate trips and transitions, but Williams could improve on them to allow him to better use his touch and efficiency inside the arc.
Suggested draft range: 2nd round/two-way contract
Unfortunately, Williams is unlikely to be selected in the NBA draft, where there are only 58 picks due to the loss of the 54th and 55th overall picks from the Bucks and Heat. tankathon.com currently pegging him with Indiana as the last pick in the draft, while other mainstream media have completely omitted him. If Williams is not drafted, it is very likely that he will receive a two-way contract, Schedule 10 or a training camp agreement for his first chance to make the NBA roster.