Last July, five-star point guard prospect Brandon Williams chose Arizona over Gonzaga, continuing a long string of Gonzaga missing out on its 2018 recruits. Williams decommitted from Arizona shortly after the bombshell report by ESPN regarding Sean Miller and DeAndre Ayton.
Williams, alongside fellow 2018 recruit Shareef O’ Neal reopened their recruitment. O’ Neal pretty quickly committed to UCLA, but apparently Williams loved the recruiting process so much, he is going for round two.
According to a report by 247 Sports, the Zags can now consider themselves back in the mix. But before we get too excited, all we’ve heard from Williams mouth is that he would like to visit Gonzaga.
In fact, the article says pretty much a whole lot of nothing, which isn’t too surprising. Williams acknowledges that Arizona is still in the mix, and his list of schools that have come calling is a catalog of who is who in the realm of basketball: Oregon, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, UCLA, Ohio State, Connecticut, Georgetown and Kentucky.
He gives a couple of quotes that might at least buoy, somewhat, Gonzaga’s hopes. First up, Williams told 247 Sports, “I know I definitely want to visit Gonzaga. They’ve been there from day one, them and Arizona. I was raised to be loyal and they’ve been up there from beginning.”
Of course, one sentence later, he mentions Oregon and Bol Bol exactly one sentence later. Williams also mentioned he plans on taking all four of his visits, so that gives Gonzaga some hope.
Things have changed quite a bit since Williams committed to Arizona last July. The Zags added three-star point guard Greg Foster out of Las Vegas. Josh Perkins will be leading the Zags with his senior year and red shirt guard Joel Ayayi will be available for minutes as well. Although you don’t say no to a recruit like Williams, other squads might be able to offer the minutes he probably wants right off the bat.