In case you missed it, Westview High School's talented unsigned 6-foot-4 graduating senior guard prospect D'Maurian Williams has decided to continue his college recruitment over another year, as he will attend a post-graduate program for Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut. Putnam Science is one of the top overall athletic and academic prep programs in the country, and competes at a high level against other prep programs nationally.
Williams mulled over his options for the future for some time, before making his decision to extend his college recruitment for another year, before moving on to the collegiate ranks.
Williams recently received an offer from the University of Hawaii, and was also hearing from such programs as Colorado, Washington State, UNLV, Idaho State, Idaho, Portland State and Montana before he decided to make the decision to attend a post-graduate program on the East Coast.
At a post-graduate program, such as Putnam Science, that plays a tough schedule and against top-rated competition, Williams will look to regain the level of recruitment that he once commanded as a junior prospect. He should now immediately see his college recruitment almost reset now that he will be considered as a 2020 prospect.
"Shaq" as he is known by his close friends and teammates, is a load for opposing guards to defend, as he has excellent size and strength physically. He also has a high basketball IQ, and is a competitor that plays hard and is a winner. An excellent sleeper prospect now for the 2020 Class.
I will continue to keep a close eye on Williams' recruitment and development as a player over the next year, and continue to bring you updates as he nears his college decision over the next year.
Notes: Previously, former Dysart HS graduate Malik Ondigo attended Putnam Science Academy to raise his recruitment and prepare him for the collegiate ranks. Ondigo earned a scholarship to attend Texas Tech, and was a member of the school's Final Four team, before changing schools this spring.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Williams has excellent size for the guard position, and is a well-built physical specimen - impressive in his ability to make plays for himself and others. Williams grew a great deal physically early, and developed an understanding for the game at an early age. He is able to take the game into his own hands and come up big for his team, while handling the basketball as a primary ball handler. Williams is a nice prospect that likes to have the basketball in his hands and make plays for himself and others. A nice floor general with an ability to make plays off the dribble, Williams is a solid shooter of the basketball, but still needs to add consistency from longer ranges on the floor. He has a strong handle of the basketball and is able to handle defensive pressure, while making players around him better - a valuable asset. There are very few players with his combination of size, strength and skill level. A strong finisher at the rim. A good defender with solid lateral quickness and good court anticipation. A fundamentally sound prospect that should be able to compete immediately at the collegiate level.