New 36ers PF import, John Williamson
(Thanks to the other people that rushed to post too!)
Great finisher around the rim ... versatile player ... very athletic ... likes to rebound on the offensive glass.
Full name is John Nathan Williamson ... born Aug. 19, 1986 in Columbus, Ohio ... son of Carl and Cennie Williamson ... has one brother and one sister ... cousins Maurice Wells and Alfred Williams played football at Ohio State while another cousin, Michael Redd, played professionally with the Milwaukee Bucks ... majoring in criminal justice.From the 36ers' release:
The former University of Cincinnati Bearcat MVP, played last season for the "Honka Playboys" in Finland where he averaged an impressive 17 ppg and ranking the second highest with 8.6rpg.In the full Finnish season, averaged 19 and 8. Takes the occasional three but doesn't make them (20% or so) at the same clip as he did in college (35%+). 61.6% from the field is pretty impressive. Doesn't look to be brilliant from the stripe or known for blocking shots, but was collecting a steal per game.
Head coach, Marty Clarke said that Williamson is an uncompromising competitor with outstanding statistics.
"We have spoken to many people about John's abilities and there is only praise for his determination and skills. We are thrilled he has agreed to join the 36ers next month. His ability to finish around the basket is something that attracted us to John. We believe he will be a nice fit for us" he said.
Prior to Finland, in 2009/10 played in Sweden (23 PPG, 9 RPG), Poland (18 and 7) and the Philippines (26 PPG, 10 RPG). Year before that was the second league in France I think. Good FG% wherever he's been.
All that aside, cue jokes about the Australian singer with the same name...