April 12 (UPI) — Senior ahead Ziaire Williams, extensively thought-about one of many high recruits within the 2020 class, dedicated to Stanford on Sunday.
Williams introduced his determination on social media, changing into the Cardinal’s highest-rated recruit since not less than 2007. In keeping with ESPN’s recruiting database, he’s the varsity’s first five-star recruit since Reid Travis within the 2014 class.
Williams selected Stanford over Arizona, USC, UCLA and North Carolina, amongst different colleges.
“I want to thank my household, my associates and my supporting forged who’ve been with me since day one,” Williams mentioned on Twitter. “… I might additionally wish to thank the coaches who recruited me. You guys believed in me greater than I believed in myself and I thanks for giving me the arrogance that I by no means had however I at all times wanted.”
“On the finish of the day sadly, I may solely select one college. With that being mentioned, I will be committing to the College of Stanford.”
Williams, listed at 6-foot-Eight and 180 kilos, performed alongside Bronny James, the son of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, and Kentucky signee B.J. Boston at Sierra Canyon (Calif.) Excessive College this previous season.
ESPN ranks Williams because the No. 7 general prospect within the 2020 class, whereas 247Sports activities lists him because the fifth-best expertise within the class. He’s already thought-about a possible top-five choice within the 2021 NBA Draft.
Williams gained a gold medal with USA Basketball on the 2019 U19 World Cup, showing in all seven video games. He additionally performed for the Oakland Troopers of the Nike EYBL circuit final yr, averaging 21.7 factors, 6.Eight rebounds and three.Three assists per recreation.