Kenny Williams - Freshman, WG, 6-4, 175 lbs
2014-15 Stats: First College Season
What Happened Last Season
Kenny Williams initially didn't intend to be a Tar Heel. Last November he committed to VCU with the hope of playing for Shaka Smart. Smart eventually left for Texas and Williams de-committed from VCU opening his recruitment up during the spring of 2015. UNC had recruited Williams originally and with him back on the market, Roy Williams express interest again. After visiting both UNC and Virginia, Williams chose the Tar Heels.
WIlliams was able to sneak into the bottom of the RSCI rankings at the 90th prospect in the class of 2015.
Unlike Luke Maye, who has four experienced big men in front of him, there is actually some playing time to be had on the wings. UNC technically has just three wing players. Justin Jackson returns as a starter and Theo Pinson will see significant time at the other wing spot or possible even start. Marcus Paige will also move over to the wing guard spot when Joel Berry or Nate Britt is running the point. Then there is also the possibility of a three point guard set, etc.
Even so, Williams should have chances to play, especially early in the season. He is a pure shooter, something UNC has lacked over the past couple of seasons. Roy Williams noted that when he first saw Williams play he hit five threes and took three charges. In the open practice for the media, Williams stepped in to take a charge from Luke Maye during one drill. If he brings that sort of mentality to the game and can provide some perimeter shooting, he could see some meaningful minutes. If not, it will be a great season for him to develop since he certainly will be needed after Paige and probably Jackson leave following this season.