Shaun Williams’ return to the court is on the horizon.
Bruce Weber just isn’t ready to reveal when exactly that will be. Williams, a sophomore guard for the Wildcats, has been suspended from the team for the past month. During a press conference Monday, however, Weber said Williams has been working his way back into things.
“I think he’ll play soon,” Weber said. “So we’ll see.”
Could that return come as early as Tuesday, when K-State hosts Arkansas Pine-Bluff at 7 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum?
“We’ll see,” Weber repeated.
Admittedly, Weber said, it will be “tough” for Williams whenever he finally takes the floor for the first time this season.
“But he put himself in this predicament,” Weber said. “But we’ve had guys get hurt who have to do it, too.”
What should ease Williams’ transition back to the playing rotation, at least partially, is that he while he’s sat out gamedays, he’s practicing with the team every day. He participates in intrasquad scrimmages.
He just lacks live game reps.
“Now it’s just a matter of time for him to see what he can bring to the table when he gets the opportunity,” Weber said.
Weber expects Williams’ addition to improve K-State’s depth at guard. Williams, who averaged 7.1 minutes, 1.4 points, 1.1 rebounds, 0.6 assists per game last season off the bench, has “some physical ability.” Weber pointed to Williams’ stature (6-foot-3, 170 pounds) and strength as two pluses in his favor.
That’s not all, though.
“He’s quick. He gets to the hoop. When he does take care of the ball, he’s a good passer; he overdoes it sometimes,” Weber said. “But he’s a talented player. It’s just him figuring out a role and fitting in will be the big thing.”
While Weber isn’t pleased by Williams’ self-inflicted errors that induced the suspension, the coach said he’s been encouraged by the strides Williams has made in his time on the sideline.
“It hasn’t been a pleasant situation for him, but the whole thing is he’s got to learn and grow,” Weber said. “That’s the most important thing in the long run.”