Much has been made about Mike Williams ability to play bigger than he is, but concepts like “catch radius” and “high-pointing the ball” have applications – and might be better demonstrated – in another sport: basketball.
We shouldn’t be surprised by Williams’ ability on the court – he lettered in basketball at Buffalo’s Riverside High School, and earned All-Western New York accolades during his senior season. He also walked-on to the squad at Syracuse under coach Jim Boeheim, and was a teammate of eventual first-round draft pick Donte Green (the other high-flyer in this 2008 video).
An interesting note: Williams scored seven points in just six minutes during his college hoops debut in 2007 against East Tennessee State at the Carrier Dome. He was a perfect 3-of-3 from the floor, including a 3-pointer, a steal … and three turnovers. It seems like football was the best choice after all.
After the Bills swung the draft-day trade to acquire Williams, coach Doug Marrone laid out what Williams has to offer from a football standpoint, as a “competitive, tough wide receiver who has the size and athleticism to add competition to our receiver position group.”
“We thought it was a no-brainer for us to make the deal,” added GM Doug Whaley.
So while Williams leaping ability and body control around the rim are impressive, those attributes of his game on the gridiron will mean the most to Bills fans once the season begins.
(h/t to Kevin Kearns for surfacing the video)
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