Iowa needed backup point guard Christian Williams this season
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Was Fran missing the point guard that left before the season began? — Ed Latta
ANSWER: Yes, the Iowa men’s basketball team really missed backup point guard Christian Williams this season. It was unlikely Williams would have started any games, but he would have impacted the team. Last fall, Williams opted to transfer and will play at Indiana State next season.
In 2016-17, Williams averaged almost 13 minutes a game with six starts. His statistics weren’t impressive at 2.4 points and 1.6 rebounds per game. But Williams had 53 assists and only 30 turnovers that season, plus 26 steals. This season, Iowa’s steals leader was Nicholas Baer with 27.
At 6-foot-5, Williams has long arms and is athletic. He was a good distributor and could have helped spell Jordan Bohannon at the point. Shoot, Williams could have run the point and had Bohannon play off the ball for double-digit possessions a game. In 2016-17, Williams easily was Iowa’s best back-court defender, a position the Hawkeyes desperately needed this season.
Williams was close friends with several players on the team, so his choice to leave wasn’t easy. He was running third-team point guard in many preseason drills with freshman Connor McCaffery operating the second team. That told Williams his role was undefined even with McCaffery set to redshirt at that point.
Shortly before the opener, Williams announced he planned to leave the program so he could miss only this season and have two complete seasons at Indiana State starting this fall.
Iowa finished 14-19 overall and 4-14 in the Big Ten and will miss the postseason for the first time since 2011.
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