“It kept me patient. It taught me that I still have a lot of work to do. I was looking forward to so much this year and I wanted to be prepared. I went into practice and competed against Dion (Waiters) and Scoop (Jardine) every day. I tried to make them better which helped make me better. I think it’s all showing now.” -Michael Carter-Williams talking about limited minutes in his Freshman season following Syracuse’s win over Monmouth.
Michael Carter-Williams has had a monster start to the 2012-2013 season. The sophomore guard has been putting up ridiculous numbers, leading the nation in assists per game while being in the top three in the nation in steals per game. Carter-Williams has also shown that he has a tremendous ability to get to the basket and score, and his three point shooting has been coming around in the past couple of games.
In the two “big” games so far this season, Carter-Williams scored 17 in contests against San Diego State and Arkansas. He has without a doubt been a leader on the court thus far in the young season, and has garnered a lot of media attention in the process. His preseason hype appears to be playing out as a reality for this team, and it seems effortless for him when he is on the court.
But in the out of conference schedule, it is very difficult to judge anything. Carter-Williams had a career high in assists against Monmouth yesterday with 16, but that was a game where Syracuse easily could have scored close to 130 points had they wanted to. It is so early in the college basketball season to judge any of the teams or players from #1 Indiana to unranked Kentucky. No one knows much of anything about the landscape of college basketball, and it will stay that way until teams start to play tougher competition later in the year.
We will definitely learn more about the various players on this team when we hit Big East play but the question must be asked: How good is Michael Carter-Williams?
I believe that Carter-Williams is legit. He has shown his athleticism numerous times so far this season, and that is something that you can judge regardless of the opponent. While it definitely won’t come as easily for him once conference play starts, his athleticism alone will enable him to make plays against stronger teams. The scariest part of Michael Carter-Williams’ game is that after your done watching him play before looking at his numbers, you can still point to numerous things that he can improve upon. The fact that he has double-double games and fans still don’t see his ceiling shows that he is only going to get even better than he already has been, and that sounds like a nightmare for opposing teams.
So what do you think: Is MCW legitimate? How good do you think he can be?