St. John’s basketball junior guard ready to make major splash in Big East

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Greg Williams Jr.. G. Scouting Report. 6-foot-3, 200 pounds. Junior. player. 478. Pick Analysis

St. John’s basketball junior Greg Williams Jr. is ready for a major breakout season.

Injuries and a lack of playing time have derailed the first two seasons of Greg Williams Jr., but after a strong end to his sophomore season, the St. John’s basketball guard is ready to explode in 2020-21.

Under former head coach Chris Mullin, Williams Jr. played the most of the three freshmen in his class (Marcellus Earlington and Josh Roberts) but it will still nothing to get excited about, merely averaging 8.4 minutes per game.

However, under head coach Mike Anderson, Williams Jr. was greeted to a more prominent role as a sophomore, but injuries stood in his way until late January.

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The 6-foot-3 guard was dealing with a back aliment throughout the preseason and was never in basketball shape as the regular season began and then suffered a concussion early in Big East Conference play.

After fully recovering from both injuries, Greg Williams Jr. shined in the final games of the regular season, reaching double figures in four of his final five games of the year, highlighted by 21 points against Creighton on 7-of-10 shooting from 3-point range.

Thriving in Anderson’s system, Willams Jr. averaged 5.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.4 steals per game on 40.0 percent shooting from the field and 34.4 percent from 3-point range.

What is the next step for the St. John’s basketball guard?

Consistency is now the name of the game for Greg Williams Jr. as he has proven that he has the ability to play at an All-Big East caliber level.

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Many stars in the conference have graduated and it will be up to the junior to take the next step for the Johnnies, who return its entire core from last season and enter the 2020-21 with high expectations inside its program.

Greg Williams Jr. will begin his junior season in Queens on November 25 against St. Peter’s University at 7:00pm EST.

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