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23 - Shelden Williams

6-9, 258 Power Forward/Center
Duke Senior
Birthday
10/21/83 (37.1 yrs)
Hometown
Forest Park, OK
High School
Midwest City
Athleticism
7
Size
9
Defense
9
Strength
10
Quickness
6
Leadership
6
Jump Shot
6
NBA Ready
9
Rebounding
9
Potential
6
Post Skills
8
Intangibles
7
92 Overall:

NBA Comparison: Emeka Okafor

Aran Smith – 2/3/2006

Strengths: Burly power forward with a no nonsense approach … Great experience, 4 years at Duke has given him a strong foundation with a great skill level and solid fundamentals … Hard worker who has developed a reputation as a great kid … Extremely strong body … Deceptively quick and athletic … Sticks to playing in the post, where he dominates on the NCAA level … Tremendous wingspan allows him to play like a 7 footer … A real defensive presence, a shot blocker who won national defensive player of the year as a junior … Averages close to 4 blocks per game as a senior … Should be able to guard centers in the NBA … Great rebounding ability, boxes out well … Understands how to defend, has become disciplined (blocks a ton of shots without fouling out very often) … Range on his jumpshot has shown improvement through hard work, along with his free throw shooting … Fairly consistent out to 12-15 feet … Posts up well and uses his strength well to score … His post moves have really developed well in his 4 years at Duke, including hooks and drop steps … Touch around the basket is good and converts well after contact …

Weaknesses: Rigid. Williams lacks great fluidity running the floor, his movements could be described as stiff or mechanical … Lacks the ability to improvise much in the open floor: catching and dribbling/passing before a shot, he’s a lot more comfortable with set plays or crashing the glass … Offensive game may be limited on next level due to lack of spontaneity (the Duke computer chip in his head runs best in half court set) … Lacks great vision or passing ability … His body is very rigid partly due to his muscle mass … High school incident not considered indicative of his true character, especially after Duke retained his scholarship. He’s been a model citizen ever since (accusation) and comes from strong family background … Has given up a number of big games to post players as a senior, partly due to Duke’s perimeter defensive approach …

Notes: Nicknamed "The Landlord" because he owns the paint.

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