On the heels of the most successful season in program history, and the best from a West Coast team since 2006, the Gonzaga Bulldogs coaching staff will now turn its focus to bringing in the type of recruits that can get the Zags back to the Final Four.
It should come as no surprise, that one position the staff is focusing on in 2018 is point guard. Given the success that Nigel Williams-Goss just had in the system, the attention is on finding another player that can reach the levels the Wooden Award Finalist did this season. For the Zags, that guy is Brandon Williams.
The extremely talented 2018 guard is currently recovering from surgery that he had during the season. According to the Scout 100 player, his recovery is coming along well.
“Right now, rehab is as tough as I expected, but I’ll get through it,” he said. “Breaking down the scar tissue after the surgery is probably the worst part.”
Despite the injury, the Gonzaga target is slowly returning to basketball.
“After the surgery, when I was wearing a brace, I would just sit down on a chair in front of a hoop and get shots up,” he said with a laugh. “It was a lot easier to get the ball back after I made it. Now, I am not in a brace and using crutches anymore, and I am able to shoot free throws.”
Due to his recovery, the next time the Crespi point guard will be on the court is during his senior season.
“I’m not going to be playing AAU at all this summer,” Williams revealed. “I’m going to take the summer to relax and recover, train and get focused on my senior year.”
While he wasn’t on the court, Williams was paying attention to the college basketball season, and definitely was impressed by what he saw from Gonzaga and how he could fit.
“Most definitely,” Scout’s 33rd ranked player said of being able to fit at Gonzaga. “One of the biggest things for me in making my decision is how I will fit in. I’ve been watching them (GU), not so much during the season because they were blowing everyone out by 50, but definitely in the tournament. I like the way they play and their winning mentality. Just the way that everyone plays together on the team is awesome.”
Heading into the next few months, the focus will turn to recruiting, with some of his top schools, including the Zags, swinging by in April.
“The two schools you mentioned (Arizona and USC) are the only ones at this point. Arizona is supposed to come by tomorrow (Saturday) morning. And I just heard from Gonzaga earlier today and they said they are coming by before the end of the month. I just really want to get up to Gonzaga and see The Kennel. I want to go and experience a live game.”
As he gets more focused on the recruiting front, the Gonzaga priority target isn’t paying attention to how NBA draft decisions or other recruits might impact where he wants to go.
“I’m not really focused on all of that,” explained the talented PG. “Even if there are already players like me at the school, and they might stay or leave. I talk to the coaches about that, and most of the time, they aren’t even totally sure who is going to stay or leave, or who will still be there when I come in. With the new rule about how guys can test the water, they can’t for sure know.”
The next six months for Williams will be important for him and his recruitment as he looks to narrow his list and make a decision.
“My recruiting timeline is a probably want to commit between late summer and the start of my senior year. Probably right before the summer, I will announce a Top 5 or Top 7, or whatever it ends up being. I have to talk with my parents about official visits and that plan, but I know I want to see a gameday experience.”