2015-2016 Player Profile: Troy Williams

  • 10/14/2015 12:25 pm in

With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’re taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster this month. Today, we continue our look at Indiana’s roster with Troy Williams.

Troy Williams isn’t just the guy doing cool dunks anymore.

The athletic junior developed his game noticeably during his sophomore season and is primed for a break out year.

The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 13 points and 7.4 rebounds per game last season. And as he enters what may be his final season in Bloomington, he’s looking to evolve as an offensive player beyond just slashing to the basket.

“I’m doing a lot of things off of the dribble,” Williams said to IUHoosiers.com over the summer. “I’m still working on set shots, but I’m trying to improve my shot off of the dribble and improve my mid-range shooting.”

Improving on his 3-point shot has been another point of emphasis for Williams. He went from a 20.7 percent shooter from distance his freshman year to 46.2 percent last season — albeit in limited attempts (6-of-13).

“I think I’ve gotten better with it,” Williams told IUHoosiers.com. “I can definitely see it a lot. I like to drive and kick, and get it to my teammates, and if the defense has to respect my three-point shot, that will help get that going.”

With the additions of grad-transfer forward Max Bielfeldt and freshman center Thomas Bryant, there’s a strong possibility Williams will be able to be used more at his natural position of small forward.

“There will be more perimeter play,” Williams explained. “With our new addition of big men, we have people who can return to playing multiple positions. We’ll be able to make more plays on the perimeter now. But with the way we play, I could still get switched onto a bigger guy. Either way, I’m ready for it.”

Playing mostly power forward last year, Williams was forced to guard bigger players and develop a bit of a post game himself, something he says has made him a better player.

“It helped me out,” Williams said. “I feel like I’m more ready for this year. With the way we play, switching frequently on defense, it gets me ready for those matchups. Now, I’m paying more attention to playing against guards, but I’ll likely end up switching to guarding bigger guys during games.”

Williams attended the Nike Skills Academy and Adidas Nations this past summer, and worked with John Lucas in Houston alongside several other Division 1 players such as Penn State’s Tim Frazier, and even NBA players.

“I was able to learn a lot from Scottie Pippen,” Williams said. “He was a person who definitely saw my games and told me how I played, how I could improve. I gained a great friendship with [Pippen], along with some other people out there.”

Bottom Line: If all goes according to plan, this will likely be Williams’ final season in Bloomington. He can go out with a bang by taking his game to the next level and developing into a more well-rounded, pure scorer. He already is solid on the boards, and can block shots. The next step is having the confidence and ability to knock down open jumpers when the opponent gives it to him — instead of forcing it into the lane. If the improvement is there, Williams could be the guy that takes this Indiana team into elite territory.

Quotable: “I need to get the label of ‘athlete’ off of my name and (be) more of a basketball player.  I have been working on making better decisions with the ball, getting my teammates open, finding them in open spots and knocking down open shots.” –Williams at Adidas Nations in August.

Previously: Thomas Bryant, Juwan Morgan, O.G. Anunoby, Harrison NiegoTim Priller, Robert Johnson, James Blackmon Jr.

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  • Hoosier Hall

    I just get the feeling that Yogi is gonna Yogi, JBJ is going to score and Bryant is going to be our missing piece but with Troy, I can see a superstar. The guy wants it and he has all the tools. I saw a lot of heart from him last year and that goes a long way on the court.

  • TomJameson

    I truly believe that Troy will have a very big year. The only thing I hope he can do is to bring the consistency to his game. None of the “no show” games he had last year. Either way, that man is going to the NBA after this season. How consistent his game is will determine how high up the draft board he’ll climb.

  • N71

    Funny, he wants to shed the “athlete” label and I wanted nothing more. Instead I carried “slow”, challenged”, “there’s room for improvement”, “he kinda sucks”, “why is he out here”, “what the”, etc. Should be an amazing year for Troy.

  • TomJameson

    I don’t want to hijack this article away from Troy, but since you mentioned Yogi … LOL I think Yogi is set up to have his best year yet. He is a senior and, with the off season work, should be as skilled and able as he as ever been so far. He is surrounded with a ton of talent, to the point where he can be both a scorer and enabler, and do all of that without worrying about anybody elses job except his own. He’s going to leave IU with a ton of records in his pocket, that much is certain.

  • marcusgresham

    The great thing about Troy’s ascendance is that (for one season, anyway,) OG gets to observe it and see what it is he can become if he works like Troy has.

  • iubase

    The table is set for Troy to have a break out yr. I am sure he will do well since he is gaining confidence in his shot – not unlike VO. However, for the TEAM to succeed Troy has to be a stopper on D also.

  • mckillio

    Troy is our biggest X factor (TB is up there too since we haven’t really seen him play), if he improves his consistency, efficiency and D by noticeable levels, people had better watch out. I could see him playing and defending four positions this year.

  • fourputtsforsnowman

    Yogi had better step it up or he’ll be sitting on the bench becoming a role player.

    It will be interesting to watch as fans because it isn’t obvious from CTC’s comments that this team will be yogi’s. He may end up more like Sheehy his senior year…kind of a support role for others. That could easily happen if TW, RJ and JBJ improve as expected and our freshmen are as advertised. TW may already be the better option as an enabler. And quite a few others are better shooters than yogi. Yogi could easily be on the outside looking in particularly if his defense hasn’t improved much.

  • OhioHoosier

    This is actually probably the most illogical, narrow-sighted, and farthest from the truth comment I have seen in months. Regardless of if you like Yogi (obviously you don’t), you lose all credibility with ludicrous posts like this.

  • Ms hoosier

    Cmon man!! Yogi is our Best gaurd. He can beat anybody off the dribble, drive the lane and finish at the rim through contact,he’s our best ball handler. When the game is on the line I want the ball in his hands. LUV Yogi!!!

  • SCHoosier

    All Troy has to do to make a major impact this year is 1) play under control 2) take what the offense is giving him and board like a demon. All conference for sure!

  • VailliencourtFan93

    All I want is for him to Troy his best this season. Hahahahahahahahahaha. You get it? I changed try to Troy…because that’s his name.

  • VailliencourtFan93

    Also, great work. Really fantastic stuff. Whatever Inside The Hall pays you, they should triple it.

  • CreanFaithful

    Is this a quote from an Onion article?

  • Hardwood83

    I’m with the other guys- have you been watching Yogi the last couple years? Of course he’s not perfect, but he’s been about….no, make that THE only consistent player on the team. He can shoot and defend just fine.

  • hullsfor3

    Oladipo 2.0 guys.

  • TomJameson

    See 4putts … everybody thinks you’re daft when you talk about Yogi. It is your obvious bias against him, and saying stuff like this, that is just waaayyyy over the top.

    You should limit your comments to just about anything other than Yogi, you would come off a ton better than you do otherwise. I just hate seeing you go off a cliff like that. LOL

  • Ole Man

    Whoa….I’d settle for TW 2.0.
    Also, he’ll never be as good on D as Big O was.

  • Corey Schroyer

    Yogi embarrassed 4putts 21-0 in a pick-up game at the Hyper, he’ll be alright it’s just gonna take some time still.

  • sam

    I wouldn’t agree with never. If he put in the work like big O then i beleive he could be.

  • sarge

    Ha!

  • Cool story, putz. Atomic bomb of stupidity. Yogi is all-american, best PG in the country. He’s been a starter all 3 years and will end as one of the all-time greats at IU. Sheehy never really started until his senior year, so that’s a poor comparison; completely different players. Last season the rest of the team couldn’t keep up with Yogi, and he was visibly frustrated in that, on the floor. But yeah, like you said, probably he’ll sit the bench or something.

    Yogi sitting the bench = Dumbest post this month.

  • high hopes for the OG. I’m expecting him to be the big freshman surprise of this class. (Bryant not being a surprise unless he puts forth a hall of fame performance or one spectacularly bad)

  • I expect Troy to be one of the big stars. RJ is the X-factor this season.

  • How often do you tell yourself that you are doing great work and that you should give yourself a pay raise for weak quasi-puns?

  • probably. but it’s always a possibility. I expect the spectacular.

  • VailliencourtFan93

    Whenever Andrew posts an article and I make a fantastic pun, I tell myself I’m doing great work. Have a nice day.

  • TomJameson

    Similar because they are both athletic and have great work ethics. But in the case of Vic, I’ve never seen a player have so much FAITH in himself, and work SO HARD to bring it all to fruition. OG has a great work ethic, but Vic probably still works harder than anybody.

    Maybe by OGs Junior year we can maybe start to think about that comparison. Lot of similarities, but not a 2.0 just yet.

    JMO

  • sarge

    This brought a tear to my eye…

  • sarge

    I love the fact that we can look at any player, especially two of them on the same roster, and can make a realistic comparison to VO. VO is one of my all time favorites, and Troy is well on his way. OG has the potential to be that guy in our player development program in a year or two. Love the Hoosiers!

  • Time 4 Big Fun

    I don’t doubt that Troy being snubbed on the pre-season 10-man all Big Ten team will make him even more ready to show his stuff. Watch out, everyone!

  • marcusgresham

    Hey, we can’t all afford to pay someone to tell us we’re beautiful each morning like Mariah Carey does.

  • Andrew Vailliencourt

    I’d like to point out that this is not me lol