With Shai Gilgeous-Alexander likely declaring for the NBA Draft tomorrow night, it’s clear John Calipari wants to add another point guard to next year’s squad.
Last week, he offered Ashton Hagans, the top point guard in the 2019 class that is expected to reclassify to 2018. Last night, Kentucky reached out to Brandon Williams, a four-star 2018 guard that decommitted from Arizona last month. The news comes from Jeff Goodman, who says Williams is still considering Arizona, along with Arizona State, Gonzaga, and Oregon.
I’ll admit I’m not familiar at all with Williams’ game, so here’s what ESPN’s scouting report says about it.
“Williams is a rangy point guard prospect that possesses a nice combination of facilitating and scoring. He has long arms, ideal speed and quickness, and he is explosive in transition. He always has his head up in transition for the look-ahead pass and he can score. He loves to attack going right and he is getting more consistent finishing through contact. In addition, he can spot up and knock down jump shots (3-point range) with consistency. He has good instincts for the game (getting in the passing lanes) and he has moxie as well.”
No scholarship offer seems to have been made, so Calipari was likely just gauging Williams’ interest. Or maybe he’s sending a message to Ashton Hagans? Or maybe more guards are leaving than we expect? One thing is for certain: the Cats won’t be short-handed at guard next year.
UPDATE: Per our friend Aaron Torres, Calipari reached out to Williams’ high school coach directly, a task he often leaves to his assistants.
One interesting note on the Brandon Williams/Kentucky stuff: I was told by a source that John Calipari reached out directly to Williams' HS coach. We were told Coach Cal would be a more proactive recruiter post-Zion Williamson, and that appears to be the case here https://t.co/W6Oyi8jGjc
— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) April 2, 2018