ENCINO, Calif. - Arizona bound point guard Brandon Williams didn't play this past spring or summer due to knee surgery that also cost him his junior year, but it appears he's fully recovered and playing better then ever.
Averaging almost 25 points per game during his senior campaign at Encino (Calif.) Crespi, the No. 37 ranked player in the class of 2018 is making a case for a move back to five-star status. A couple weeks ago, he dropped 52 points in a 89-85 win against Alemany High School.
"I’m just trying to do everything I can for this team my senior year. My role changes every game but I know I just have to play hard on both ends of the floor and get better every game," Williams said.
Williams has been committed to Arizona since June and through all the FBI drama unfolding in September, he's stayed committed to the Wildcats along with five-star forward Shareef O'Neal.
"I text Shareef every day. I actually talked to him before the game today just about random stuff. So when you’re that close off the court, the chemistry is going to come easy on the court," Williams said.
It's unusual for the Pac-12 powerhouse to only have two players in any recruiting class, but neither O'Neal or Williams seem to be that concerned with it just being the two of them coming in next year.
"I’m feeling really comfortable with what we have with me, Shareef and then we have Chase (Jeter) coming in next year as well so that takes care of the bigs component. And as far as guards, Coach (Sean) Miller does a great job getting any guard to where they need to be for the next level so I’m confident with what we have going into next year," Williams said.
Williams has been paying close attention to the team this year and it's far from a relaxing evening on the couch when Arizona is playing.
"I watch a lot of Arizona games. It gets loud in the house with my parents watching and everything. I’m a student of the game so I’m always trying to think what I would do in certain situations and if (Allonzo) Trier does something, I’m always taking mental notes," says Williams.
Williams plans on making the trip to Tuscon this weekend for the USC game. Then it's back to business with his high school team as they prepare for the California state playoffs. One thing's for sure, he's excited for the next level of basketball and looking forward to next season.
"I just can’t wait to get out to Arizona this summer and get to work."