It's been awhile since Casual Hoya has had anything to say about Latavious Williams, the one-time focus of Georgetown's recruiting efforts and Casual Hoya hero who over the span of one month decided not to attend Georgetown, attend Memphis, de-commit from Memphis, play overseas, not play overseas, and then play in the D-League with the Tulsa 66ers.
Here's what Latavious has to say about his choices and life in this D-League thus far. Incidentally, I have no idea why the NBA hasn't hired Kathy Griffin to be its spokeswoman for all things related to the D-League.
Check out his Answers to Espn's 5 questions after 'The Jump':
Five questions with Tulsa 66ers forward Latavious Williams, who is a rookie making $19,000 as the first player to jump directly from high school to the D-League:
Q: Has the transition going straight to the pros been harder than you thought?
A: Kind of what I expected. I'm playing against a whole bunch of guys that are bigger than me and stronger than me. I never thought I was just going to walk into it and put up 20 and 10 every night.
Q: How much pressure do you feel knowing that the spotlight is on you more than most D-League players?
A: To tell you the truth on that, I don't got no pressure on me. I'm just here to get better. I don't think about it. … Since I can't get called up, I'm just here working on my game, playing better competition.
(Note: Although he's already 20, Williams is ineligible to be called up because he has yet to spend a full year out of high school. However, he will be automatically entered in the 2010 NBA draft after playing in a professional league this season.)
Q: A lot of people see you as the Brandon Jennings of the D-League because he did something similar [going straight from high school to Italy before getting to the NBA]. How often do you hear that comparison?
A: I just tell [people] I came here to get better and just leave it at that.
Q: What's the biggest difference between this level and where you were a year ago?
A: From coming out of high school averaging 20 and 10, and then coming here just being a role player, it's different. But you just got to do what you've got to do to get to the next level. They want you to hustle and rebound. Just got to come here and listen to your coaches and play your role.
Q: Do you think we'll be hearing your name on draft night next June?
A: Hopefully I will be there. Hopefully I will. Just got to see how things work out at the end of the season. … I think I'm on the right track. I'm on the right road to get there.