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2006 NBA Draft Draft Tracker Draft Tracker - Round 1 Draft Tracker - Round 2 Players Positions Schools Conferences NBA Teams

Marcus Williams - PG

 Marcus Williams Rank: 5
 Position: Point Guard
 School: Connecticut
 Conference: Big East
 Height, Weight: 6'3, 205
   Selected by: New Jersey Nets
 Round 1, pick 22 (22 overall)
ANALYSIS: It would be an understatement to say that Williams had a rough beginning to his junior season. After being suspended for the first semester after stealing laptops from a dormitory, Connecticut lost their first game of the season to Marquette in his first game back. Once the dust cleared on the theft, Williams enjoyed his best season with the Huskies. After finishing third in the nation in assists per game as a sophomore with 7.8, Williams went on to lead the nation with 8.6 during his junior year. Williams had eight games of 10 or more helpers and dished out at least five assists in each of his 23 games this past season and 39 of his last 40 games at Connecticut. Considered by some as the best point guard in the draft, Williams had no problem taking over a game if the need arose. He only had three games as a junior where he scored more than 20 points -- all three in the NCAA tournament. Although Connecticut was shocked by George Mason in the Elite Eight, Williams showed that he was one of the keys to the team's success. Averaging 20 points per game, he also shot an astounding 10 for 18 from three and connected on 22-of-23 from the free throw line during the team's four games in the tournament. Williams will need to work on taking care of the ball at the next level however. He committed 3.7 turnovers per game as a junior, third highest in the Big East. Williams certainly has the size, quickness and ability to play at the next level. He more than held his own against other top college point guards, and he is ready to take it to the next level. Even though he has a couple of strikes against him character-wise, (he also failed to qualify academically as a freshman in addition to the laptop scandal) Williams could be taken in the top-10 on draft night; not falling far out of the lottery if he slips.

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