The San Antonio Spurs select Ziaire Williams
Ziaire Williams is a small forward that played his only season of college basketball at Stanford University. Standing at nearly 6'10" (in shoes) with a similar wingspan, Williams has been climbing up draft boards after a good performance at the NBA Draft Combine.
Williams was originally the eighth-best player on ESPN's Top 100 recruits of 2020 and was a projected lottery player, if not a top ten player in his draft class. That said, he had a very tough year with Stanford, and his draft stock fell dramatically over the course of the season.
Notably, due to COVID-19-related restrictions in California, Stanford had several schedule changes and was forced to practice out of state for a significant amount of time. On top of that, Williams lost two family members during the season and was obviously quite distracted.
With all of that in mind though, the potential was always there with him and still is. He's incredibly fluid and athletic on the court for someone of his size, has significant upside as a shooter, and could even become a great secondary playmaker on a starting unit. If he can add weight to his frame and become stronger, his ceiling could be among the highest in his class.