Kellogg came to appreciate Williams’s competitive spirit, something Kellogg was known for as the hard-nosed point guard for former UMass coach John Calipari.
“After that, our games were totally different,’’ Kellogg said with a laugh, when asked if he, too, had an ankle-breaking first step like Williams. “Not quite. I could post the ball, spot up and shoot, that was about it.’’
In Williams, however, Kellogg has a point guard capable of doing so much more, one whom Kellogg hopes will take the Minutemen on a thrill ride come March.
“You know what? I say it all the time: I wouldn’t trade him for anybody in the country,’’ Kellogg said. “For how we play and how I run our team and our style, he’s phenomenal in the press and running an open-floor game. He has a will to win that rubs off on the other guys and it’s helped us become a better basketball program.’’
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