Trevion Williams, Forward, Purdue
Trevion Williams will also be unavailable in the 2021 Draft. Unlike Liddell, I think he is NBA-ready but I’m not as high on him as I am Cockburn. He has real double-double potential, with 15 points and just over nine rebounds a night during his junior year.
He is a good defender, good passer, great rebounder, and can score in the post and in the midrange. He does not shoot from deep though. If he were to develop an outside shot or make a deep run in the 2022 NCAA Tournament, I could see him going in the mid-to-late first round, but as of now, he’s a 2022 second-rounder.
In 2022, I do think he could be a great pick-up by the Spurs. His defense is not poor, so he won’t be a liability, and he can grab boards like a true center. But he can score better than any Spurs bigs, which would be a breath of fresh air to add to the team.
Unlike other Big Ten players who are either offensive or defensive players, Williams can do both serviceably, which bodes well for a successful NBA career.
Purdue is a terrible tournament team, but if they make an Elite Eight run then expect him to be a name that comes up a lot. If not, and if he doesn’t add range to his shooting, then he could go in the second round or even undrafted. His senior year will determine a lot.