2016-2017 Stats: None (Freshman)
Why They Are Here
Malik Williams is ranked here due to his elite length and shot blocking abilities. He can make an instant impact in college basketball if he adds muscle. Williams is an extremely mobile 4/5 who runs the floor well and can finish above the rim in transition. His versatility will allow him to play solid minutes for the Cards.
Role on This Year’s Team
When Malik Williams committed to Louisville, my first thought was pairing him and Anas Mahmoud in the frontcourt. Recent Louisville teams have been loaded with length, and Williams fits right in that mold. I expect Malik to come off the bench initially, backing up Mahmoud. However, if he is able to fill out his body and polish up his offensive game, he could be slotted in the starting 4 spot (also depending on what type of role Ray Spalding has). Overall, Malik Williams will provide blocks, rebounds, and have potential to be a great finisher at the rim.
College Season/NBA Prospects
In my opinion, I would expect Malik Williams to be at Louisville for 2-3 years with a breakout Sophomore/Junior year which will catapult him into the first round of the draft. However, I have an interesting comparison for Williams. Zach Collins from Gonzaga – in the sense that he was a highly ranked big who was expected to be a 2-3 year guy. As we know, Collins had a monster second half of the season and catapulted into the lottery. Don’t be surprised if the same happens with Malik Williams.
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