WILL Fil-Am guard Mikey Williams become the steal of the PBA 46th season draft?
Although under the radar, Williams should merit a look from the teams picking in the first-round of the proceedings likely to be held online on March 14 due to the restrictions posed by the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
The 6-foot-2 Williams boasts an NBA G League stint and is likened to Ginebra star Stanley Pringle.
“Coming from the G League and getting that experience, you got the overall gist of being a professional and what it takes to carry yourself and be a true person to the game as far as studying things and learning the things you need to learn,” Williams said last Saturday on Radyo5 92.3 News FM’s Power and Play program hosted by former PBA commissioner Noli Eala.
“It’s a big part in how you present yourself day-in and day-out on the court,” he added.
Being compared to Pringle does not faze Williams.
“Stanley Pringle’s a great player and you know what he brings to the table, he’s a walking bucket,” Williams said.
“I feel like I can do the same thing, but I just have to let my game do the talking. I feel like
I have a lot to prove and it’s the best time to do it now.”
Williams, 28, suited up for the Sioux Falls Skyforce in 2014-15 and the Canton Charge from 2016 to 2018 in the NBA G League.
He also saw action for the Saigon Heat in the ABL, for the GenSan Warriors in the MPBL, and for Mighty Sports.
Williams, who traces his Pinoy roots to Naga City, is convinced he is ready to make the big jump to Asia’s first play-for-pay league.
“I just felt like it was time to test it. I took a long period of time in the Philippines, played in the MPBL as well as Mighty Sports. I’m very comfortable out there and I just felt like it’s the right time for it,” Williams