Last night before the Duke-Pittsburgh game, I was holding court with George Rodecker
and we were discussing the St. John’s-Ohio game from Wednesday. Ohio won it on a layup by Leon Williams, a player that I had been unfamiliar with. He is thought somewhat highly of as he is the 10th-best power forward in the rankings on Roadie Hoops ,
In the St. John’s game, he posted his 31st career double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds. The Baltimore native also had 31 and eight at Temple, 15 and 15 at Maryland and 11 rebounds in a blowout loss at Kansas.
This is what the Blue Ribbon College Basketball yearbook said about him:
One of the first names mentioned by opposing coaches around the MAC as the player who requires special attention is power-forward Leon Williams (14.4 ppg, 8.8 rpg), a 6-8, 225-pound senior and dominating post presence. Williams is money around the hoop (.583 FG) and is a fearless rebounder who nabbed 114 offensive rebounds (3.56 per game) last season, tops in the MAC.
”He is among the better rebounders anywhere,” O’Shea said.
Williams, a definite league player-of-the-year candidate, gives Ohio inside strength that is difficult for most MAC squads to defend.
He’s not on any mock drafts just yet, but perhaps he gets a look at the predraft camps.
Anyway should he find a spot in the NBA, he will join the guys listed below as Ohio University players to make it there:
Baumholtz, Frankie 1946-1946
Graham, Paul 1991-1993
Hunter, Brandon 2003-
Jamerson, Dave 1990-1993
Jolliff, Howie 1960-1962
Lalich, Pete 1946-1946
Mckee, Jerry 1969-1969
Shrider, Dick 1948-1948
Trent, Gary 1995-2003