Even casual C-USA fans may be asking themselves "Jordan-who?" Quietly, Jordan Williams has put together one of the more impressive careers in Mean Green basketball history. Entering his senior year, Williams is already UNT's 21st ever 1,000 point scorer with 1,045 career points on about a 41% shooting average. He has averaged double-digit points every single year and is a model of consistency in terms of scoring.
What's the strongest argument against having Williams on our top 10 impact players list? Nay-sayers would point to the fact that Williams has only ever been a part of mediocre North Texas teams. Last year's Mean Green squad went 16-16 and the best UNT team Williams has ever been on record-wise was his freshmen year's team that went 18-14. That means you can add UNT's J-Will to the loooong list of senior studs in C-USA with an absolute thirst for the NCAA Tourney. If the Mean Green have any dance of filling a major sleeper role and contending for the C-USA crown, they will likely need Williams to have a monster season as a senior leader.
So what is the outlook for Williams and his Mean Green this year? Tony Benford improved UNT's record from his first year by 4 games and has done a pretty good job of instilling a defensive mindset in Denton, TX. In Coach Benford's first season, UNT broke the school record for blocks in a season and Williams's block totals have gone up since his arrival as well. Benford's 3rd season will feature likely his best team yet, a veteran squad with 4 seniors and 5 juniors. Jordan Williams leads those returnees and will be UNT's biggest impact player and our #9 impact player in the conference as a whole.