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Notes: The 2002 consensus player of the year became the first player since Ralph Sampson to win such honors in back-to-back seasons after being named the player of the year by the NABC in 2001. Sampson achieved such status by winning player of the year honors in 1981-83. Williams also received player of the year awards from ESPN.com; ESPN The Magazine; Associated Press; Basketball Times, The Sporting News; USBWA, CBS Sportsline and CollegeInsider.com. The 2002 Naismith College Player of the Year was a consensus first team All-American and unanimous choice for first-team honors in the ACC after leading Duke with 21.3 ppg and 5.3 apg. Helped lead Duke to the 2001 national championship. Scored in double figures in 99 of 108 games with 47 games of 20-plus points and 10 of 30-plus points. Scored a career high 39 against Kentucky as a junior and recorded 11 career double-doubles. His career scoring average of 19.3 ppg at Duke ranks sixth all-time, while his 2,079 career points also tied Gene Banks for sixth-best all time. He leaves Durham as the second-best 3-point shooter in Duke history, making 313 treys in three seasons. His 235 career steals rank fifth in Duke history.

Positives: Williams can score whenever he wants, wherever he wants on the court. Williams is as good a 3-point shooter as anyone coming out of college. He has range that can match Casey Jacobsen, but he also has the toughness and confidence to miss four in a row but then hit the one that counts the most late in a game. He also took his game inside more this past season, using his penetration skills to his advantage to get to the basket and finish.

Negatives: His free-throw shooting certainly will haunt him. The missed free throws in the loss at Florida State and the one big miss against Indiana didn't help Duke in its Sweet 16 loss to the Hoosiers, but it didn't hurt him with NBA scouts. He's still considered one of the two best players in this draft.

Summary: Williams won't fall below No. 2. Size doesn't matter with him nor does it that he isn't a true point or a typical shooting guard. He's a scorer, a basketball player and he'll be coveted by every team.

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 Seton Hall vs. Duke
Jason Williams' fallaway circles the rim and finally drops.
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 Kentucky vs. Duke
Jason Williams takes over the game late and nets a career-high 38 points.
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 UNC vs. Duke
Jason Williams comes up one point shy of his career high in his final game at home.
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