CHICAGO (CBS) — It has been a season of learning on the job for the Bulls’ top draft pick.
And as CBS 2’s Matt Zahn reported Wednesday, there haven’t been many breaks for rookie Patrick Williams.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Frost Advisory Along And North Of I-88
The 19-year-old has shown glimpses of greatness.
Most impressively, Williams has started and played in all but one of their 60 games averaging a solid nine points and five rebounds a game.READ MORE: Plan For High-Rise Development Has Some Oak Park Residents Fired Up
He is also figuring out what it takes to be a pro. As Head Coach Billy Donovan said, Williams didn’t even eat breakfast.
“Eating right, being healthy, you know, taking care of my body – because that’s what’s going to get me through if I want to play 15-plus years like some of those guys have. So being healthy – being available – is a skill; kind of your best skill, because no matter how good you are, if you’re not available,” Williams said. “It’s always good to have experience under my belt, especially when I have, you know, very little coming to this league as a rookie. So whether it’s just play another game, or actually being against the playing bubble, or making it to the playoffs – just that experience for me as a player.”
The Bulls were on the road against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night. Williams played well against them twice in Chicago.MORE NEWS: ONLY ON 2: Mother Speaks After 7-Year-Old Griffith, Indiana Boy Was Run Over By Car; He Remains Hospitalized
He said this was his first-ever trip to New York.