3 - Ziaire Williams

6-9, 190 Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Stanford Freshman
09/12/01 (20 yrs)
Lancaster, CA
High School
Sierra Canyon
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Rashard Lewis

Strengths: High level athlete who uses his size and vertical to his advantage on both ends of the floor … Elite wing prospect who can impact the game offensively and defensively … Very good ball-handling for a 6’9 forward which enhances his mid-range jumper which is a strength to his game … Very smooth and efficient at creating shots off the dribble on the perimeter … Excellent footwork allows him to get his feet set and get shots off quickly from the perimeter … Smooth rhythm with his jump shot and plenty of arc on outside jumpers … Capable of finishing around the rim, but he prefers to pull up for mid-range jumpers or three-pointers rather than attempting to attack the rim … His ability to score and shoot on the move supports these tendencies, but can lead to inconsistency with an over-reliance on jump-shooting efficiency … High level rim-runner who elevates well above the rim and finishes with ferocity … Excellent length for a wing at 6’9 and his 6’10 wingspan allows him to disrupt passing lanes and cause havoc on the defensive end although his play and stats did not exactly showcase this in his freshman season at Stanford … Has a 8’10 standing reach as a wing which is on par with power forwards like Blake Griffin and Tyler Hansbrough … His length makes him disruptive defensively … Versatility. Has the ability to play both forward positions in the future with added strength … Prospect who has one of the highest potentials in the entire class of 2020, due to his potential for skill development as a shooter and defender … Attacks the defensive glass and can initiate fast breaks while doing so with long passes and speed with the ball … Good court vision and passing instincts allow him to create for others … Solid free-throw percentage of 79.6% indicates that there is plenty of potential for his jump shot to improve from the disappointing percentages during his only season at Stanford … Plenty of time to develop as he is only 19 years old until September …

Weaknesses: Williams struggled to stay on the court for the Cardinal in his first season and he did not shoot efficient percentages while he was playing … Did not shoot to his ability at Stanford after developing a reputation as a shooter in high school … A 37% shooter from the field including 29% from distance shows plenty of room for improvement … Teams will have to be patient as he develops in his first few seasons as he is still a raw prospect who needs to find comfort and consistency in his game … Often settled too often for difficult shots away from the basket as he struggled to blow by defenders to get to the rim or get around them with his handles … Proved overly dependent on how efficiently he shot jumpers … While he was able to rise above defenders at the college level due to his length and size, he will have much more trouble doing so against stronger and lengthier defenders … At 6’9, 190 pounds Williams still needs to bulk up if he wants to expand his game to more of a slashing role or hang with more physical wing players at the next level Lack of strength was a big reason for his efficiency struggles … narrow shoulders point to him likely being a naturally thin player … Added bulk would unlock his athleticism and ability to attack the rim more off the bounce … Needs to become more focused on the defensive end … With the NBA transitioning into a game more dependent on three-point shooting, he will need to improve his perimeter consistency and shoot to his ability … 3.5 turnovers a game show a need to become a more judicious decision maker and passer …

Outlook: Was affected as much as anyone by a COVID schedule that eliminated practices and forced the team to live out of a hotel off campus … Shaping up to be one of the draft’s big sleepers … Williams looks to be a mid-first round draft selection who needs time to refine his skills and gain consistency before displaying his true talents and impact …

Notes: Measured: 6’8.25” barefoot, 6’9.75” in shoes, 8’10.5” standing reach, 188.4 lbs, 6’10.25” wingspan at the 2021 NBA Draft Combine … Highest recruit ever to commit to Stanford … Former five-star recruit who ranked 8th in the ESPN 100 … Averaged 10.7 PTS, 4.6 REB, 2.2 AST in his only season at Stanford … Played with Bronny James and BJ Boston at Sierra Canyon in 2019-20 …

Derek Bast 7/7/21

Strengths: 6’8 versatile wing … Good length with a 610.5 wingspan … Quick first step and can get to the basket. Good athlete and finishes above the rim with aggression. Good control on drives … Averaged 21.7 points per game over the Nike EYBL in 2019 … Good face up game and driving ability. Shot has good arc and form doesn’t have any wasted motion. Shoots well from midrange and has range out to three … Plays hard and has a tough demeanor. Doesn’t shy away from contact. Draws fouls at a good rate and is a very good free throw shooter. Shot 100% FT% (9-9) at the NBPA Top 100 in 2018. Shot 88% FT% at 6.4 attempts per game over the Nike EYBL in 2019 … Versatility allows him to be a tough matchup; size over the perimeter players and speed over big men. Does a nice job of recognizing mismatches. Scores on the perimeter as well as in the post … Good rebounder for position on both ends. Averaged 6.8 rebounds (2.2 offensive) per game over the Nike EYBL in 2019 … Can take a defensive rebound and start the offense. Solid ball handler and can push it in the open floor, keeps dribble alive when pressured. Good passer and court vision at his size. Unselfish and doesn’t force his scoring. Averaged 3.3 assists per game over the Nike EYBL in 2019 … Spaces the floor and can play off the ball … Versatile defender and switches onto any position. Good effort defensively, active hands, and quick feet. Reads opportunities to jump passes for fast breaks very well. Averaged 1.6 steals per game over the Nike EYBL in 2019 …

Weaknesses: Although he handles contact well at this stage, he still has some strength to gain and filling out to do … Good athlete but isn’t the most explosive … Can improve creating offensively and scoring efficiency. Shot 42.5% FG% at the NBPA Top 100 in 2018. Shot 42.5% FG% over the Nike EYBL in 2019 … Solid perimeter skills but can expand perimeter game if he’s going to be play as a wing at the next levels … Good looking shot but can improve 3PT consistency. Shot 20% 3PT% over the Nike EYBL in 2018. Shot 28.8% 3PT% over the Nike EYBL in 2019. Shot 27.3% 3PT% at the U19 World Cup in 2019 … Can work on limiting turnovers. Averaged 3.1 turnovers per game over the Nike EYBL in 2019 …

Outlook: Transferring to Sierra Canyon for his senior year … 2019 All-EYBL: Honorable Mention … Won Gold at the U19 World Cup in 2019 …

Evan Tomes 9/15/19

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