Re: Derrick Williams drafted #2 by the Wolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves tonight selected Derrick Williams with the second overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Johnson, a 6-8 forward from Arizona, averaged 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game for the Wildcats during the 2010-11 season en route to earning Pac-10 Player of the Year honors.
"Derrick is a talented player and a fine young man who had an incredible season for Arizona this past year," said David Kahn, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. "His improvement the past few seasons has been tremendous and we believe he has even more room to grow. His athleticism, shooting touch and ability to get to the free-throw line will be valuable assets for our team. We look forward to him joining our young core of promising players."
Williams is coming off a standout sophomore season in which he ranked second in the Pac-10 in both scoring (19.5 ppg) and field-goal percentage (.595), and fourth in rebounding (8.3 rpg). In addition to his Pac-10 Player of the Year Award, Williams was also a first-team All-American pick by Sports Illustrated and a finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy and John R. Wooden Award. Williams' 56.8 percent mark from behind the arc also ranked as the second-most prolific three-point shooting season in Arizona history.
Williams was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2010 after averaging 15.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. He was also named First Team All-Pac-10, becoming one of just 16 freshmen to earn those honors over the last 30 years. For his collegiate career, Williams averaged 17.8 points and 7.7 rebounds while shooting 58.6 percent from the field and 51.1 percent from three in 69 games, and his 1,227 total points is the most ever by a Wildcat in his first two seasons. Williams is also just the fifth player in conference history to earn Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year Awards in consecutive seasons or less, joining Jason Kidd, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Mike Bibby and Timberwolves All-Star Kevin Love.