- Jul 26, 2013
Watching a bunch of these old games Billy was indeed impressive in my mind. Good ball handler, terrific set up man, not a bad scorer inside and a pretty good rebounder for a guard.
Yes. We definitely had a “big 3” that year for the first couple months. He put up 14-5-4, and that’s with a couple games towards the end where he was on the way out and did nothing, bringing his averages down a bit.There were times his sophomore year I thought he was out best player.
Andre Miller is a good comp he had a lot of Andre Miller in him. It really is a shame had he stayed he four years he could have been an all time cuse great. We don't win a title without his contributions off the bench in 03.
If you watch the games in the tourney, how Billy got the ball to teammates in scoring position. He could be dribbling and suddenly the ball would be in Gerry's hands for a 3.How much better would GMac had been those next 3 years without having to have so much of the ball handling responsibility?
He was a true lead guard -- he knew what to do with the ball, and where to get the ball to teammates where they could be most effective.If you watch the games in the tourney, how Billy got the ball to teammates in scoring position. He could be dribbling and suddenly the ball would be in Gerry's hands for a 3.
Yeah. And it's tough for a shooter to be a shooter when he is expected to also be the guy that runs the offense. Billy would've made everyone better those next few years.If you watch the games in the tourney, how Billy got the ball to teammates in scoring position. He could be dribbling and suddenly the ball would be in Gerry's hands for a 3.
He would of been top 10 in assists at Syracuse. “the saddest thing in life is wasted talent, and the choices you will make will shape your life forever”
Billy had 53 assists in 23 games as a frosh. As a full-time point guard as a soph he averaged 5.2 apg. Let's say he increases by a half assist as a junior (5.7 app) and another half assist as a senior (6.2 apg.) If he played in all our games those years, that would put him at a 641 total assists. Likely third or even second all-time since that would have cut into GMac's need to pass as much.He would of been top 10 in assists at Syracuse.
I was a huge fan of his game and what I thought he was capable of. Who knows what happened to him. But the recent picture i saw of him he didn’t look too great. Too many skeletons in his closet weighed him down.I saw him for years and years in the County Clerk's office. Had the chance to speak to him at ABCD the summer before his senior year when he and Julius Hodge had such great camps. I was (and remain) a very big fan. I thought his dad was a solid guy, too, who shared their experience of the recruiting process with other parents and HS players in the DC / VA / Baltimore area.