Brandon Williams

Five-star 2018 PG Brandon Williams close to narrowing list

LA VERNE, Calif. - Brandon Williams may be out for the season with a knee injury but it hasn't stopped the five-star prospect from being heavily recruited. Scout caught up with 2018's 26th ranked prospect at Damien's The Classic.

One of the top 2018 point guards nationally is Brandon Williams, a 6-foot-1, 165-pound five-star prospect from Encino (Calif.) Crespi.

Scout’s 26th ranked prospect in the class, Williams will miss his junior season due to an injury to a bone behind his knee.

“They basically have to go in and clean some stuff up,” Williams said.

Watching his junior year from the sidelines has offered a new perspective for Williams.

“I’m just trying to help the guys off the court,” he said. “I tell them what I see since I see a lot more from a coaching perspective than I did before.”

If there was any concern from Williams about the injury impacting his recruitment, it’s been relieved due to the response from coaches recruiting him.

“I put a list on my refrigerator of which coaches texted me after I announced I would be out for the season,” Williams said. “I checked off every single one of them. They all have sent me well wishes.”

Now that Williams will be on the sidelines for a bit, he has the chance to focus more on his recruitment.

“I’m probably going to cut it down soon,” he said. “I’ll probably keep [the finalists] in my family for now but it will be very soon.”

There are at least three schools which figure to have a pretty good chance of making the cut.

“Some of the main schools are USC, UCLA and Arizona; I think those three will always be there for sure,” Williams said, who broke down what he likes about each of those programs.

USC: “They’re doing pretty well. I’ve been a few of their games. I call De’Anthony (Melton) to talk to him about their style of play and he says he loves it there. He’s been doing pretty well there and I’m going to keep talking to him.”

UCLA: “It’s not just because they just got popular with Lonzo Ball and all that but they’re a home school right down the street from my house. I go to most of their games and like their style of play, how they’re up-tempo and get in transition.”

Arizona: “Everything with them has always been strong. Coach (Sean) Miller texts me at least twice a week. I talk to coach Miller and coach (Mark) Phelps and also Parker (Jackson-Cartwright), who is hurt like me. He’s from here so we can relate in some ways.”

Another school which could make the cut is Kansas, as Williams was impressed with the program during a fall unofficial visit.

“I want to take another visit to Kansas,” he said. “That was one of the most beautiful campuses and arenas I’ve been to. I had a great time on an unofficial and I’m sure if I go on an official it will be even better.”

Whether or not Williams will commit early or take his time remains up in the air.

“I’m going to take five official visits unless I decide to commit to early,” he said.

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