Illini basketball

The Carson Williams Show preempted by Malcolm in the Middle

Carson Williams was Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball 2016. If the University of Kentucky had an amateur team, he’d surely be playing there.

Instead, he joined a strong freshman class and a returning JC transfer at Northern Kentucky, which seems to be much better than last years Norse (9-21, 5-13 Horizon League). Williams scored only ten points, but he led all players with five assists and fourteen rebounds. Williams is the Rayvonte Rice of his graduating class. He’s a slightly chubby undersized PF who can probably play all five positions.

Let’s hope John Groce got his phone number. He won’t finish his career at NKU.

For thirty minutes on Sunday, the Norse equaled or bettered an Illini team featuring a sleepy Malcolm Hill, an anti-hero Tracy Abrams, a step-slowed D.J. Williams and an erratic Mike Thorne.

That Malcolm woke up, turned it on, and took over pleased Illini fans. WOO-HOO! WE WON!

D.J. Williams will probably learn from his defensive mistakes.

It’s the Abrams and Thorne errors which fans should worry about. They’re deeply ingrained, the Tragic Flaws most likely turn an early season comedy of errors into a nightmare of missed opportunities.

Michael Finke’s double-double proved that he’ll continue to see more time and responsibility than Illini fans seem to believe. His hustle is amazing. He has a good attitude and a great work ethic. And a dead-eye shot.

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