Duke basketball sophomore Mark Williams has become an epic shot-blocker.
Across the past four Duke basketball games, Mark Williams has totaled 20 blocked shots. That includes a career-high eight in the team’s home victory over NC State on Saturday and no fewer than three in any of the other three outings.
Sure, the No. 6 Duke Blue Devils (14-3, 4-2 ACC) went only 2-2 in their past four contests, with wins over Wake Forest and NC State sandwiched between losses to Miami and Florida State. Nevertheless, according to a tweet on Thursday from the program’s official account for stats, the individual shot-blocking feat puts the sophomore center in elite company as a Blue Devil.
Only two other Duke big men in history have reached 20 blocks or more in a four-game span. They are former four-year Blue Devil legends Shelden Williams (2002-06) and Mike Gminiski (1976-80). And they still rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on the program’s all-time blocks list as their jersey numbers forever hang from the Cameron Indoor Stadium rafters.
More such spans to come from the Duke basketball 7-footer?
As the tweet from Duke pointed out, Shelden Williams and Mike Gminski each registered 20-plus blocks across four outings on multiple occasions for the Blue Devils.
Now, although this is just Mark Williams’ first time doing so, his boxscores this season — especially the most recent ones — suggest it might well not be his last. After all, his average of 6.4 blocks per 40 minutes this go-round is almost two better than the 4.6 blocks per 40 minutes that Shelden Williams averaged in his record-breaking senior campaign (137 swats in 2005-06).
Mark Williams and the Duke Blue Devils will try to bounce back from Tuesday night’s loss at Florida State when they host the Syracuse Orange at noon ET Saturday.
Stay tuned to Ball Durham for more on Mark Williams’ historic shot-blocking stats plus other Duke basketball news and views.