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Derrick Williams won't work out, sees himself as small forward

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 19, 2011

Arizona forward Derrick Williams has some work to do this week, but it won't come on the basketball court. Projected as the No. 2 overall pick behind Kyrie Irving, Williams (like Irving) won't work out this week for teams at the NBA Combine.

Instead, he'll spend the next couple of days proving to them he's a small forward and not a power forward.

"I'm not a power forward. I'm a small forward who can play the 4," Williams said. "Whoever picks me will find that out. I'm not a 4, I'm a 3."

Asked what in his skillset makes him believe that, Williams said "I'm a lot more skilled than most people think I am."

Williams averaged 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds during his sophomore year at Arizona. He shot 60 percent from the floor, including a stunning 57 percent from 3-point range (42 of 74). He is relying on those numbers as the main reason he won't work out this week.

"I don't have anything to prove," he said.

As for the possibility of playing for the Cavs, it wasn't lost on Williams he believes he plays LeBron James' old position. In fact, the first thing he thought was the jersey number he wore at Arizona -- No. 23.

"Obviously I'll have to change my college number," Williams said. "I wouldn't be 23 if I want there. If you are the No. 1 pick, first thing they'll think about when they had the No. 1 pick was LeBron, No. 23. Gotta get that number out of there."


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