Status: UK target
Small forward | 6-6 | 230
School: Spartanburg Day
Hometown: Spartanburg, S.C.
Williamson is still just 17 years old, but he’s already become a YouTube legend with his collection of highlight-reel dunks, blocked shots and other jaw-dropping videos from the basketball court.
MaxPreps.com named Williamson the national junior of the year after he averaged 36.8 points, 13.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game last season, leading his team to a state championship in South Carolina.
He’s already been on SportsCenter several times. Hip-hop icon Drake has been photographed wearing his high school jersey. All of the top coaches in college basketball want him on their campus for the 2018-19 season.
“There’s definitely a significant amount of hype around him,” Scout.com’s Evan Daniels told the Herald-Leader during the summer.
In fact, Williamson might be the most-hyped high school prospect since LeBron James and is already well known to many fans who don’t follow recruiting at all.
UK, Duke, North Carolina and Kansas are all pursuing Williamson hard — as are in-state schools Clemson and South Carolina — and many recruiting observers came out of the summer pegging UK as the favorite.
Williamson hasn’t been shy about his wish to play college basketball alongside Immanuel Quickley, a friend and regular roommate on the Adidas circuit. Quickley is widely expected to sign with Kentucky this fall.
|Sept. 22||Official visit to Kentucky|
|Sept. 29||Official visit to Kansas|
|Oct. 20||Official visit to Duke|
|Oct. 27||Official visit to UCLA|
Williamson averaged 28.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game at the Adidas Summer Championships in Las Vegas in July. He was also the leading scorer and rebounder at the Adidas Gauntlet Finale earlier that month, averaging 27.1 points and 11.3 boards per game.
Williamson’s original plan was to wait until after his senior season to make a college decision, but he’s now talking about taking official visits this fall in hopes of making a college announcement in time for the early signing period in November.