In the midst of an historic start to a season, Gonzaga is working to make inroads with some of the elite prospects in the country. With tons of momentum on the court, as the Zags are the only remaining undefeated team in the country, the program is also seeing a lot of interest from some of their top targets in the 2018 class.
One of the first offers that Gonzaga made to the 2018 class came right after the AAU Season concluded, when Brandon Williams of Crespi high school announced that the Zags had offered. Since that offer, Williams has paid close attention to the program.
“It’s been going really good,” Willams said of his relationship with Gonzaga. “I was really excited about them when they offered and I know how much they win and what they do as a program. Watching them this year, they have grown a lot as a team. They were always on my list, but they have definitely got higher so far this season.”
When the Crespi star and I chatted, Gonzaga had just emerged as the last undefeated team in the country. This success has definitely been noticed.
“It’s really important,” he said of Gonzaga’s play this year. “Just to see everything about their program and how they have been to the NCAA Tournament so many times in a row. They are up there with Kansas and Duke and Kentucky with how much they win.”
Scout’s 26th ranked prospect admitted that the Gonzaga coaching staff has really turned up the heat on his recruitment.
“They recruit me a lot,” he revealed. “And they don’t just recruit me, they recruit my family. They talk to my dad a lot. Every time they call me, they tell me about how they can see me playing in that environment and how I would fit at the PG position. Coach Few tells me that pretty much every week and Donny Daniels is always talking to me.”
Unfortunately, an injury has stopped the star guard from taking the court this season, but he is hoping to have an update on that in the next couple of weeks.
“I’m not really sure,” Williams said about when he would be back on the court. “The doctor won’t know until they go in to my knee with a camera and really scope it. I will probably announce something on Twitter when I do know. As of right now, it’s looking like I will know more and announce something next Saturday.”
With his skill set being such a good fit for so many programs, the injury hasn’t slowed his recruitment at all.
“Everybody is still there. Kansas, UCLA, USC, Cal and obviously Gonzaga are still there. All the 13 or 14 schools that have offered. I wouldn’t necessarily rank anybody in my top 3 or anything like that. I have a top 5 in mind, but I don’t want to announce that yet.”
There has been a lot of buzz that some local schools have emerged as favorites, but Williams clarified that is only partly true.
“The only reason people are saying that USC or UCLA are the favorites, is because if I want to stay close to home, those are the schools I’d choose from.”
The next focus for the talented guard will be figuring out a timeline and a potential visit schedule.
“Next steps for me are obviously seeing if any other schools are interested once I come back. Right now I am thinking it’s going to be awhile until I commit, but it just depends on what’s best for me, and my family. I’ve been to Arizona, SC is in my backyard and so is UCLA, so I really don’t need to go to those places again. I really want to take visits to Kansas and Gonzaga. I have just started talking about dates with the coaches, but I really don’t want to go to The Kennel on crutches, so it will probably be during the summer or the Fall.”