LOUISVILLE – Five of the six members of Indiana’s 2013 recruiting class got a chance to further familiarize themselves with each other Friday at Freedom Hall in the Kentucky Derby Basketball Classic.
But one in particular – Troy Williams, a 6-foot-6 guard out of Oak Hill (Va.) – showed an ability to make an impact right away at the next level.
Williams went around, over and through defenders for impressive dunks throughout the game and also showed some range with a few three-pointers throughout the contest.
Known as one of the most athletic players in the class of 2013, Williams put his full repertoire on display – including a huge dunk over 6-foot-9 center Akoy Agau, who is headed to Louisville next year.
I don’t like laying the ball up a lot – I like to go for the dunk, Williams said. I just want to make sure the ball goes in.
That wasn’t the East Coast native’s only shocking skill. Williams displayed a passing ability that has long been underrated because of how much his athleticism and scoring ability stand out. Although not much can be made of an all-star game, Williams showed the vision to find passing lanes and made some tricky assists.
I’ll do whatever I have to do, he said. I’ll play inside, like the (power forward), I’ll play outside. If I have to, I’ll bring the ball up.
The effort earned him Most Valuable Player honors for his Black team, which won the game 124-113 behind 21 points from Williams. He tallied five rebounds, four assists and a block, as well.
Williams also came in second in the slam-dunk contest finals Friday, with a final score of 53 out of 60. The shooting guard went between the legs off his own lobbed pass, which he let hit the floor before catching it and finishing. He also threw down a 360-dunk after switching hands midair.
Both flushes took multiple attempts but showed off some of the potential he can bring to the Hoosiers for impact plays next season.
I had to get warmed up first, Williams said. After I did that, I got good. Overall, I was pretty good with the dunk contest.
Robinson looks at point position
With Kevin Yogi Ferrell as the only returning backcourt starter for the Hoosiers – and the only scholarship point guard on the roster – combo guard Stan Robinson might have to spend quite a bit of time at the point once he gets to Bloomington.
The 6-foot-3 guard feels up to the challenge.
I think I’m really prepared, he said. I feel very comfortable.
Fischer enjoys first showcase game
Wisconsin product Luke Fischer had never played in an all-star game before. Being from a state where basketball isn’t well recognized doesn’t lend itself to invites.
But when he got on the court Friday, the 6-foot-11 forward showed he can compete regardless of his roots.
This is good to start things off right and get ready for the college experience, Fischer said.