It's hard to gauge how Michael Carter-Williams, or any Syracuse player for that matter, will fare as a NBA defensive player because of the famous zone defense the Orange play. But in Saturday's win over Marquette to advance to the Final Four, Carter-Williams looked strong at that end of the court.
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The Orange held Marquette to just 23 percent shooting and Carter-Williams impacted the game in several ways. His length helped bother Marquette's shooters -- he blocked two shots -- and allowed him to get into passing lanes, finishing with three steals. He was a force on the boards from the guard spot, grabbing 11 rebounds. He ran the offense effectively with five assists and just two turnovers and, in a game where both teams struggled shooting the ball, Carter-Williams scored 12 points on nine shots. He even made his only three-point attempt, which is the most notable weakness in his game.
The 6'5 guard is intriguing from a NBA perspective because his size, athleticism and passing ability would make him a great weapon at the point guard spot. He's currently projected to go 15th overall by DraftExpress.