KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee forward Grant Williams hopes to force opposing teams to plan for multiple looks from him this upcoming season.
Williams spent a lot of time around the basket last season as a freshman. It resulted in Williams finishing second on the team in scoring with 12.6 points per game and leading the team in rebounds (5.9) and blocks (1.9).
Williams will look to stretch his game out a little further from the paint his sophomore season.
“I’ve been working on my perimeter game as well as my defense,” Williams said after a Pilot Rocky Top League game. “That’s been the biggest thing, guarding the perimeter. Also, being able to handle the ball a little bit for the offense.”
Williams scored 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting in the Rocky Top League Wednesday night.
The plan to step out on the perimeter comes from the idea to put more pressure on the defense.
“Versatility is what’s key in the game nowadays,” Williams said. “Guarding a 6-foot-5 or a 6-6, however tall I am, guy like me on the perimeter, as well as having to deal with me rebounding as well as the other bigs that we have. You don’t want to deal with it.”
The ultimate goal will be having the ability to switch seamlessly between the small forward and power forward spot. Forward Admiral Schofield remains the likely partner to be switching between the forward positions.
“Admiral is good at it,” Williams said. “Admiral can play the 2, 3, 4 and 5. Our offense is just interchangeable.”
Schofield averaged 8.2 points and 4.4 rebounds as a sophomore. He mentioned playing in flexible lineups after a Rocky Top League game, too.
“I want to dominate at my position,” Schofield said. “Not just on the wing but the 3 through 4. Wherever they put me, I want to have perimeter skills and be more skilled on the floor.”