St. John’s basketball: Players that must step up in absence of LJ Figueroa

St. John's basketball guard Greg Williams Jr. and head coach Mike Anderson
St. John's basketball guard Greg Williams Jr. and head coach Mike Anderson /
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St. John’s basketball guard Greg Williams Jr. looking to make a pass. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) /

player. Pick Analysis. Junior. 3. 478. Scouting Report. SG. Greg Williams Jr.

Greg Williams Jr. has all the potential in the world and that was finally on display in spurts last season.

Williams Jr. who only played sparingly in his freshman season, and back injures held in back in the preseason of his sophomore year was then hit with a concussion in the middle of the season.

However, the sophomore averaged 5.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.4 steals per game on 40.1 percent shooting from the floor and 34.4 percent from 3-point range.

Over the last five games of the season, not including the canceled game at halftime of the Big East Tournament, Williams Jr. averaged 12.8 points per game on 48.9 percent shooting from the field (23-of-47).

The one thing that St. John’s desperately needed last season was consistent shooting from the permitter and the Louisiana native already took a jump from 20.0 percent to 34.4 percent from 3-point territory in his freshman to sophomore campaign and if that continues in his junior year, the Red Storm will be in good shape.

Greg Williams Jr. also possess the athleticism and ability to defend at a high-level in Mike Anderson’s pressing system.