Indiana Basketball: Troy Williams would have prospered under Archie Miller

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Former Indiana Basketball star Troy Williams played for the wrong coach.

When I’m left to my thoughts during quarantine, I often think of players who had a great deal of potential and just didn’t quite pan out. Lately, I’ve been thinking about former Hoosier forward Troy Williams.

Williams was a 6’7” forward out of Virginia and was 51st in his recruiting class. He joined the Hoosiers in 2013 along with Noah Vonleh and proved to be an impact player pretty much straight away. Williams started all 32 games as a freshman and tallied averages of 7.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 0.9 assists per game.

In his sophomore season, Williams took a huge leap. He bumped his averages up to 13.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game. He looked poised to launch himself into stardom and carve out an NBA career for himself, but it just never happened.

His final season in Bloomington, Williams only averaged .3 more points per game, and his rebounds went all the way down to 5.8 per game. He began shooting more threes (he only took 13 as a sophomore) but didn’t connect as efficiently as he had on minimal attempts years prior.

Williams left Indiana due to the coaching change to Archie Miller, went undrafted, and has been living off of two-way contacts for four seasons. He has played on a different team every season and played no meaningful minutes to speak of.

However, I believe Williams would have had a successful career in the NBA had he played one season for Archie Miller.

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