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Markieff Morris: Williams not “as good as advertised”

May 27, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT

Derrick Williams

After a stellar sophomore season at Arizona and some of the best individual performances in the NCAA Tournament, Derrick Williams is considered to be a near-lock to be one of the top two picks in the 2011 draft, with only Duke’s Kyrie Irving projected to go ahead of him.

Williams, for his part, thinks he should be the #1 pick, and has been openly campaigning to be taken first. Here’s the report, courtesy of the Washington Post’s Michael Lee:

“I feel I am the most NBA ready guy,” Williams said last week at the NBA combine in Chicago. “Whoever does choose me is making the right choice. Whoever doesn’t choose me, [I’ll] just try to get back at them for not choosing me.”

Strong words from a very talented player who clearly has a lot of belief in his abilities. However, Kansas forward Markieff Morris, who is currently projected to be a late-lottery pick, has some doubts about Williams:

But Kansas forward Markieff Morris wasn’t completely sold on Williams, who had 27 points and seven rebounds in a loss to Kansas last season. “I didn’t think he was as good as advertised,” Morris said. “He got the benefit of the calls from the ref and we had to guard him different. He definitely had a good game against us, because we couldn’t guard him how we wanted to guard him, and that’s what happened.”

So when he hears that Williams is a lock to go in the top two, Morris said, “It’s still surprises me. What he did to Duke, he wouldn’t do that to me or my brother [Marcus]. I’m dead serious. He wouldn’t. At all. He’s good. But if we was to work out, I would go at him and I would be able to stop him more than people would expect, you know what I mean.”

There’s no way Morris will actually be drafted ahead of Williams, but he seems to be trying to earn some points with general managers by showing that he won’t back down from anybody, even a projected top-2 pick in the draft. We’ll see if that works out for him on draft day; either way, it could be interesting to watch what happens the first time Williams and Morris’ NBA teams meet.


  1. randysavage4ever - May 27, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    What the F is this fool Markieff talking about?

    Both you and your brother and your entire Kansas squad is not “as good as advertised”

    Ya’ll have the most talent every year in the tournament and lose, if it wasn’t for 1 miracle Chalmers shot, Bill Self might not even be the coach anymore.

    Stop HATING on D.WILLIAMS – we all saw what we needed to see vs. Duke.


    I can not stand when someone is HATING on another person for no reason, as if Derrick Williams ever did or said anything negative about the Williams brothers.

    As far as “not backing down from anybody” , right, talk to me the first time he plays the Boston Celtics or the Dallas Mavericks…

  2. danvoges - May 28, 2011 at 7:44 AM

    ^ damn. this guy is mad ^

  3. zackd2 - May 28, 2011 at 8:15 AM

    ““He got the benefit of the calls from the ref and we had to guard him different.”

    You that’s bad? Wait until you get to the NBA.

  4. kinggw - May 28, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Morris is right. Every year NBA GMs make the mistake of drafting a player to high based on a strong NCAA tournament. We saw this happen with Tyrus Thomas a few years ago, Earl Clark a couple of years ago and I would argue Hayward from last year’s draft was a tournament based stretch. Williams had a monster year against a weak Pac 10 and a great tournament. Does that make him a top 5 pick? I just dont see how destroying the Plumlee brothers and Kyle Singler makes him worthy of being a top pick. Jordan Williams averaged 21.5 pts and 11.5 rebs against Duke this year should he be a potential top 10 pick also?

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