Derrick Williams has a favorite school on his list and a number of others that he is looking closely at. The 6oot-8, 210-pound forward from La Mirada (Calif.) High School is trying to uncover all of the stones before he makes his decision.
Williams has visited Washington, Southern Cal and San Diego already. His trip to Southern Cal was his only official visit and he liked his time on campus. Why wouldn't he? He was in town when the Trojans played Ohio State in football. Williams said the visit help him with his opinion.
"USC is basically my number one school right now," Williams said. "The game helped top it off, too."
The three-star forward said he enjoyed the other two visits that he has already taken.
"San Diego was nice. It's not too far from home and the weather is really nice there. It's only an hour and a half from my home, too. The basketball team is getting better and I like their players," Williams said.
"Washington was pretty nice. The only bad thing about Washington was the weather. It rains a lot there. But it was nice."
Williams will visit Nevada this weekend and he has his sights set on UAB, Marquette and Santa Clara for visits, too.
"I want to see basically how the school is set up," he said of his upcoming trips. "The campus is one of the biggest things that I'm looking at. I want to look at the coaching staff and whether or not they are good or not. The team, then, will be important too. I want to be able to relate to them on a personal level."
So what will a team need to do in order to overcome USC at the top of his list?
"The coaching staff and the players will have to win me over. I know a lot of those guys [at USC] personally. That is another big plus for them," Williams said.