2010 NBA Draft Prospect Interview: L.D. Williams

L.D. Williams recently completed his college career as a four year starter for the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest University. In his time at Wake, Williams became known for his athletic ability, strong defense and leadership qualities.

L.D. very much enjoyed his time at Wake Forest. Arguably more important than the game itself were the relationships he developed in his time there. Most memorable was his time spent with the late coach Skip Prosser.  In a recent interview we had with L.D., he told us that the highlight of  his college career was “playing under Coach P.” Prosser played a significant role in shaping the type of player and character that L.D. represents today.

“[Coach Prosser] was such a high character human,” he said. “The things he taught me through the game of basketball are invaluable.”

Williams is a self-proclaimed “uber athletic” player and it clearly shows in his game. His ability to practically jump out of the gym was made evident through the many high flying dunks in his collegiate career. Dunks that saw him make ESPN’s top 10 on more than one occasion. This recognized ability landed him a spot to compete in the 2010 College Slam Dunk Contest where he placed fourth.

Highlight-reel dunks aside, Williams was probably most regarded for his defensive abilities. He was almost always put in front of the other team’s best wing player, having to guard some of the best players the ACC has to offer. His ability to perform well in these situations earned him the respect of the conference. Williams was twice selected to the ACC All-Defensive Team during his junior and senior seasons. This made him the first Demon Deacon to receive that honor since Josh Howard in 2002-03 and the only player in Wake Forest history to receive multiple All-Defensive Team selections.

Despite all the difficult assignments he saw from opponents in the ACC, L.D. says his most difficult matchup was against one of his former teammates. “The toughest guy I have had to guard is Jeff Teague in practice,” he said.  “He made me fall once, . . . [t]hat’s the only time I’ve been embarrassed that bad.”

Arguably the most important thing L.D. brings to the table is his intangibles. He plays with his heart on his sleeve every night and has a level of passion for the game that few others seem to equal. This passion easily translated into leadership qualities in his time at Wake Forest. Williams was a team captain since his sophomore season. His intensity and vocal leadership set the on-court tone for the Demon Deacons these last few seasons.

Williams was a passionate and benevolent captain. Looking back, he jokingly wishes he would have taken greater advantage of his seniority and status as captain. “I would joke with Al-Farouq and such but not even,” he said. “If I could turn back the page I would have had them carry my bags.”

L.D. is currently taking the next step after college and looking to make it to the next level. Part of that will be signing an agent and getting ready for individual workouts for NBA teams.

“I want a guy that can help me sell myself,” he said when asked what he is looking for in an agent. “I know I’m not a hot commodity, but I am a capable player! Whoever I go with it will be someone I trust and have built a great relationship with.”

Whoever L.D. signs with will have a player that’s ready to make a positive impact for whatever team he ends up playing for.

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