Williams gives Gophers fans a freshman to cheer for

As a true freshman, it matters not that University of Minnesota men’s basketball player Rodney Williams has opened his career against such patsies as Stephen F. Austin and Tennessee Tech.

Williams has looked good in both games, and now it appears he might be rewarded for it.

Gophers head coach Tubby Smith is considering making Williams a starter after having seen Williams play alongside the starters in the second half of Monday’s win over SFA.

Williams is doing a lot of things right, according to the Star Tribune’s Myron Medcalf. Everyone knew he was a heck of an athlete, as the video at the bottom proves. He had quite the highlight reel of dunks before ever joining the Gophers.

While Royce White remains on the outside looking in, Williams will be leaned on to give this freshman class some legitimacy, or at the very least a face. White is facing theft and fifth-degree assault charges stemming from an incident at the Mall of America.