Is Arizona’s Derrick Williams a Power Forward or Small Forward in the NBA?

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Other than Marquette and Wisconsin, I have watched more Arizona Wildcat games in the past two seasons than any other team.  (And remember, I have watched more than 900 college basketball games in the past three years.)  Seeing Derrick Williams‘ meteoric rise on NBA Draft boards during that time has been rather remarkable.  And now, barring a crazy trade or some dumb David Kahn decision, Williams will be one of the top two picks in Thursday’s 2011 NBA Draft.

(This is a David Kay/Paul M. Banks Collaboration.)

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Duke vs. Arizona Features Talent and Tradition

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We all can’t be as lucky as the fans in Anaheim will be this weekend watching the West Regional.  This regional has all the makings of being a great one, and one matchup in particular could surprise a lot of people – Arizona and Duke.

The Wildcats and Blue Devils are two of the more storied programs in college basketball. Dating back to when Coach K took over this Duke team, and the great Lute Olsen led Arizona to many tournament appearances.  But not only is the past great with these teams, the present and future look pretty bright too.

This game has two of the most talked about and NBA ready players in the country as of now in Duke’s Kyrie Irving and Arizona’s Derrick Williams. But that’s where the similarities stop.

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99 in 99: #36 Arizona Wildcats

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Outside of Marquette and Wisconsin, there is no team I saw play more last season than Arizona.  While their streak of 25 straight trips to the NCAA Tournament was snapped, I have no doubt that Sean Miller will have the Wildcats starting a new streak this March.

The Sports Bank’s “99 in 99” runs down the 72 power conference college basketball teams and top 27 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  Click here if you missed teams #37-#99.

By: David Kay
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