LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 27: Markieff Morris #21 of the Kansas Jayhawks fouls Derrick Williams #23 of the Arizona Wildcats during the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational at The Orleans Arena November 27 2010 in Las Vegas Nevada. Kansas won 87-79. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Derrick Williams is currently slated to go no lower than second overall to either the Cleveland Cavaliers or Minnesota Timberwolves in the upcoming NBA Draft judging from most NBA mock drafts. Still, despite averaging 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds as a sophomore with the Arizona Wildcats this past season, the 6-foot-9 forward still has detractors among his peers.
His most notable detractor, apparently, is former Kansas Jayhawks forward Markieff Morris. Williams hung 27 points and eight rebounds on Markieff and his brother Marcus Morris when their teams met in November, but Morris apparently wasn't all that impressed.
"I didn't think he was as good as advertised," Morris told the Washington Post's Michael Lee. "He got the benefit of the calls from the ref and we had to guard him different. He definitely had a good game against us, because we couldn't guard him how we wanted to guard him, and that's what happened."
Morris also took issue with Williams' performance against the Duke Blue Devils in the NCAA Tournament -- arguably the game that put Williams on the map, so to speak -- as the Wildcats' forward scored 32 points and added 17 rebounds in a 16-point victory.
"It still surprises me. What he did to Duke, he wouldn't do that to me or my brother. I'm dead serious. He wouldn't. At all," Morris went on to say. "He's good. But if we was to work out, I would go at him and I would be able to stop him more than people would expect, you know what I mean."
Considering the typical process for the top few picks in the recent past has been individual workouts with teams of their choosing, Morris probably won't get a chance to back that up.