Yet another former transfer in the starting five, Eruc Williams Jr. played a power forward role in a smaller lineup last season and will likely be in that role again for 2021-22.
Williams Jr. sat out the 2019-20 season after transferring over from Duquesne and he started 21 games for the Ducks last season, averaging 10 points and six rebounds. He didn’t see much of a drop-off in production from his Duquesne days which was a nice surprise and he should see his numbers improve yet again seeing as he doesn’t have to be the primary post player.
Bigger teams won’t be beating up on him because he’ll have N’Faly Dante, Nathan Bittle, and Franck Kepnang to take the pressure off and draw attention in the post.
Oregon will need a more aggressive Williams this season to focus on scoring more and defending opposing threes and fours and with a bigger team this year, he shouldn’t have to be matched up with centers anymore which should help his game.
Williams should have an even better final season after a nice premier in 2020-21.