Los Angeles Preps: Michael Snaer
January, 27, 2011
By Sean Ceglinsky | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesLa Mirada graduate Derrick Williams has worked himself into the national spotlight, leading Arizona with sights set on the NBA.
There was a time, a few short years ago in fact, when it appeared as if Derrick Williams was somewhat of an afterthought on the college basketball landscape.
Those days, however, are long gone.
Williams worked his way into the rotation at Arizona as freshman last season and the La Mirada High graduate has been a fixture in the lineup for the Wildcats ever since. His averages of 19 points and eight rebounds per game this season are indications of his worth.
Heading into Thursday night's Pac-10 Conference game against UCLA on ESPN2, the future appears to be bright for the 6-foot-8 sophomore. His upside is seemingly limitless at the Division I level, and perhaps beyond, something that could not be said a while back.
To gain a better understanding of just how far Williams has come, perhaps it is best to take a brief look back at how it all began. Right here in the Southland, of course.