You’re Indiana fans. When you see film of a player, you want it all. The dunks and 3-pointers and drives to the lane are nice, but they don’t provide enough for your evaluation. You’d like to see how the player runs the floor in transition, and how they box out. You’re even interested in how they communicate with teammates between plays and their footwork on defense.
So here’s some fairly raw video of David Williams playing in the second half of the Atlantic Celtics’ first game of the day Monday. I trimmed it here and there to keep the length down, but you should still get a good sense of how Williams plays.
We’ll have more video of Williams — and others — in the coming days.
Cody Zeller, the 6-foot-9 Washington junior with the Mr. Basketball-winning brothers, has more scholarship offers to report.
Purdue, Iowa and Butler have all offered the younger brother of Luke and Tyler.
Indiana was the first to offer Zeller, and had been the only one for quite some time.
Zeller said it is still early in the process, and he’s wide-open, but will start to narrow down the list after the July AAU evaluation season is over.
North Carolina and Wake Forest are also interested. Tyler is a sophomore with the Tar Heels.
UNC coach Roy Williams was among the litany of college coaches in attendance during Zeller’s Indiana Elite One team’s second game on Monday during the Adidas It Takes 5ive Classic.
Indiana assistant Tim Buckley, Floriday’s Billy Donovan and Richard Pitino, Minnesota’s Tubby Smith, Duke assistant Chris Collins, Arizona’s Sean Miller, Michigan’s John Beilein and Wisconsin assistant Gary Close were among the coaches in attendance.
CINCINNATI — Here’s the good news — David Williams played much better in the second game of the Adidas It Takes Five tournament.
Bad news? There really is no bad news. The Atlanta Celtics lost, 108-94, to the Michigan Mustangs, but that is a stout AAU team. You should not be ashamed to lose to that team, and the Celtics were out of the game because of some serious ball-hogging and street-balling.
Williams continued to be very active on defense, setting up in the middle of the floor as the Celtics tried to use a full-court press to get themselves back in the game.
Williams’ first basket came with 7:14 left in the first half, when he took a feed in the low post on a fast break. He scored on the next possession, putting back a miss.
He also made a deep jump shot, and was 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.
He rebounded the ball well, though I did not keep numbers for that.
Williams said afterward that he was just trying to run the floor more in the second game, and created offensive opportunities after that.
Indiana assistant coach Bennie Seltzer watched the first half of the game, and was then joined by Tom Crean. Crean stayed until the game was out of reach, before moving to another court.
I am writing a story for tomorrow’s Herald-Times about Williams. I’ll post a link when it’s online.
CINCINNATI — David Williams just made his debut at the Adidas It Takes Five tournament, and it was a rather underwhelming one.
Williams, a 2010 forward that has verbally committed to play at Indiana, was not bad. But he was not particularly good, either.
He was solid on defense, defending in the post, along the perimeter and in the open court.
But, during a 78-70 win against Brookwood Elite, the Atlanta Celtics forward was not a presence at all on offense.
He did not score or have an assist. It’s hard to say, having seen him only this one time, whether or not this is a bad game or a consistent pattern.
Either way, there is an expectation in these tournaments that the elite (like those committed to Indiana) are going to stand out and really make their presence known. Brandon Mobley, a high-level power forward for the Celtics, did just that.
We will see him again at 4 p.m, against a Michigan Mustangs team that features 6-2 guard Keith Appling (a Michigan State commit) and Juwan Howard, Jr.
When we first journeyed to Cincinnati to cover the It Takes 5ive AAU event — organized by South assistant and Indiana Elite director Criss Beyers — we did so because Kelvin Sampson was making his return to the recruiting trail for the first time in two years.
As it turns out, we rolled onto campus about the same time as Sampson and assistant Ray McCallum. Back then, the question was whether or not McCallum would stay at IU long enough for his son, Ray McCallum Jr., to end up wearing the Hoosiers jersey.
That day, many were upset that Deshaun Thomas — for whom much hype was building in those days — couldn’t make it to Cincinnati. But we spoke with Tyler Zeller, whose comments on Purdue’s coaches seem to resonate more now than they did then (He said the Boilermakers’ coaches were “truthful” and that there was “nothing suspicious about them.” I’ll let you ponder who Zeller compared them to before coming up with that assessment.)
(Here’s an interesting report from about that same time. Notice the three Indiana Elite players IU coveted then; it ended up, of course, signing Jordan Hulls and Bobby Capobianco from that squad).
Which brings us to the 2008 It Takes 5ive event. That was the first time Crean ventured out to an AAU event as the Hoosiers coach. How quickly things had changed for the Indiana program.
What didn’t change was that we followed Crean like gnats at a summer picnic.
The buzz then, as you’ll see from some of the comments on the post linked above, was about a lanky prospect named Christian Watford.
What adventures will be had today? Whatever they are, we hope you’ll be here to read about them.
Rivals.com and Scout.com have both updated their 2010 rankings for men’s basketball.
For now, we’ll go through the list and show you where the top Indiana targets landed.
KYRIE IRVING (PG, St. Patrick’s (Elizabeth, N.J.)) — No. 14 on Rivals, No. 7 on Scout.
STACEY POOLE (SF, Jacksonville (Fla.) Andrew Jackson) — No. 21 on Rivals, No. 50 on Scout.
DOMINIQUE FERGUSON (SF, Lawrence North) — No. 23 on Rivals, No. 16 on Scout.
JUSTIN COLEMAN (SF, Richmond (Va.) Henrico) — No. 42 on Rivals, No. 20 on Scout.
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