The athletic talent is clearly there. It's just a matter of when it gets tapped. In my opinion, Rodney is the key to the Gophers' 2010-11 season. He far & away has the highest ceiling on the Gophers' current roster. Minutes certainly shouldn't be a problem. With Paul transferring to UIC, Rodney's the only true small forward on our roster.
I think Blake starts at the 3 still. I say Rodney could have a shot at 6th man, and play the 2,3, and 4 depending on the matchup. He must defend, he must take the ball to the basket and not settle for 3's, and he must hit the weights.
Dec 15, 2009 Update: Williams was a player who shocked scouts in the early going with three big performances at the start of the season. But since then he's seen his minutes and production drop sharply. Williams has all the physical attributes you want in a small forward, but either he's just not ready to use them at the highest level or, once again, Tubby Smith doesn't know how to coach NBA prospects.
This might be commented on but what do you think. Does this imply he doesnt get them ready for the next level? Or does it mean if you dont play defense or dont execute you sit?
I think it has to do with people evaluating someone on only a few watches or looking at their numbers. Rodney can't dribble, doesnt take it to the rim, rarely jumps over anyone to get a decent shot off. Anyone can finish in the open court, they are all over the "D" league. You have to want to get better at basketball skills. Does he have this drive?