Posted On: 12/31/17 12:26 PM
As a new year is among us tomorrow, we will take a look at some things that could shake up the recruiting world over the next few months. Williamson signed countless autographs and took a few questions from members of the media each day at The Beach Ball Classic.
Zion Williamson to Make Decision
While he didn’t play in The Beach Ball Classic over the week down in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina the consensus is that a decision is looming for the ultra-athletic small forward out of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Clemson, North Carolina and South Carolina are all in need of his services and what he can do for ticket sales. In reality, it doesn’t matter what schools Williamson picks, as he will still be favored to be a top-2 or 3 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Clemson-Brad Brownell had a good win against NC State yesterday to almost secure his contract for another year. Landing a recruit like Williamson would assure that will be the case. His step-father played at Clemson years ago and he is would be the home-town star that usually doesn’t pick the Tigers. LJ Peak, one of the top ranked recruits in recent memory chose Georgetown over South Carolina and was last on the NBDL roster for the Boston Celtics. Jawun Evans, another local recruit from Greenville, South Carolina chose Oklahoma State over offers from Clemson and South Carolina.
Duke-Nobody can keep Duke University off of their list of programs that they are considering once an offer is in hand. Hall of Fame coach, great facilities, one of the top fan bases in college basketball are what a recruit sees with a Duke offer. He would join the nation’s number one recruit RJ Barrett next season in Durham.
Kentucky-John Calipari does as good of a job as anyone when it comes to landing the top recruits in the country. Zion is also known to have a relationship with recording artist Drake, who is a avid Wildcat fan.
South Carolina-Frank Martin has done a good job of keeping local talent in Columbia, South Carolina. He is coming off a trip to the Final Four last season and is in good shape with recruits that are homegrown.
North Carolina-Roy Williams has made Zion Williamson a priority, and has visited Spartanburg a few times to see the heralded recruit. Williamson has made a couple trips to Chapel Hill to see the campus and experience the atmosphere.
Kansas-Head Coach Bill Self has had a leg up on some of the top coaches in the country with his ability to get top recruits to Lawrence, Kansas. He landed Andrew Wiggins only a couple of years ago in a battle of blue-bloods for his talents.