Today is a wonderful day for A Players Program because the Arizona Basketball class of 2018 just got a new commitment from a five-star player.
Shareef O’Neal was the first verbal commit for Sean Miller and his coaching crew for the 2018 class, and Emmanuel Akot decided to change in move-in date a year early. But who would be the first to want to join O’Neal in Tucson?
Five-star point Crespi High School senior point guard Brandon Williams, that’s who!
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According to ESPN, Williams is ranked No. 1 point guard on the West Coast, No. 3 point guard in the Nation and the No. 2 player in California. This is a huge get for the Wildcats. Williams also is a part of the same AAU Cal Supreme program as Shareef O’Neal, so they are friends and that’s a bonus.
The Arizona coaching staff has been recruiting Williams for quite a while now, and it wasn’t necessarily a walk in the park. The family was very involved in supporting their son and they wanted Brandon to make the right move, one that would ensure his son would fit in a program that he was going to be a major part of the team’s strategy.
Brandon parents, Chris Wright and Kisha Johnson were interested in what Kansas head coach Bill Self had to offer Brandon as well as Miller and the rest of the programs. Arizona was never a done deal with the family. There were big offers out there to evaluate, and the family wanted the best situation for Brandon who also had offers from Gonzaga, UCLA, Cal and USC.
Doctors felt it was best that Brandon should handle his nagging knee injury by having surgery before his senior season for a myriad of reasons. At the time the news hit hard, but Williams remained super positive. Even though the injury resulted in missing his Junior season, the bright side was that he had more time to get ready to play at the next level.
All the programs who offered Brandon were happy to stay in the mix when the got the phone call, and that gave Brandon and his family a positive start to recovery.
The prior season was something to remember for Williams, he took his team to the CIF Finals and won for the second year in a row! He was chosen to be the Daily News All-Area first-team selection to boot.
It took three visits to Tucson, and the last one was the charm. Chillin’ in the foothills this past weekend, Brandon gave Miller his silent commitment. The next step was to plan his announcement. Williams chose to announce with a tweet, and he just posted it publically making it official.
“It’s been his dream since he was a seven-year-old,” said his mom, “When he could not even see over the dashboard in the car, he was talking about it, ‘I want to go to Arizona.’” Her response “How are you going get there?” Well, now she knows..hard work, passion, and vision are what it took.
Here is what dad had to say bout the commitment: “Coach Phelps did a hell of a job of recruiting our son and once Coach Miller ramped up his efforts, it was a wrap. Coach Miller is an intense and fierce competitor in all aspects of winning basketball games and recruiting. We were sold! But what people do not know was there was an Ace in the hole in the background, Coach Book who began this relationship with Brandon since the 8 grade.”
Brandon is so excited to commit to Coach Miller, “Arizona was relentless in my recruitment.”
Williams does not shy away from shooting a three-pointer, here are the highlights from his last CIF Championship games. Yes, he is a point guard who blocks shots.
What a huge start to the class of 2018! Shareef O’Neal and Brandon Williams, two five-star talent from California! Who will be next? Taeshon Cherry? Javon Quinerly? Devon Dotson? Bol Bol? Or Marvin Bagley?
All would be excellent additions, but we will just relish B-Dub’s commitment for now. Williams had a message for Wildcats fans, “I’m a leader and I’m going to do my part to ensure the class of 2018 will be one of the greatest classes ever. Beardown!” Bear Down Brandon!