Zion Williamson has taken over the high school basketball world for the past year now.
The 5-star recruit is in Lexington this weekend for his official visit with Kentucky, but now it seems as if a new contender has come into the mix.
Andrew Slater, a recruiting expert for 247 Sports, told SEC Country that Williamson could be looking at school closer to home:
“I know it sounds crazy, but the reality is that Clemson is in a desperate position to land someone of Zion’s stature... his mother doesn’t want him to go away to school and they’ve done a very good job of recruiting him”.
This jives with a report from Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader, who earlier this week did a roundtable on which schools were standing out the most in Williamson’s recruitment.
While Kentucky ‘was’ thought to be the favorite, Clemson is now a legitimate threat to land the elite wing, so much that they’ve now surpassed Kansas to become Kentucky’s biggest challenger for the program-changing prospect.
In fact, if the votes were tallied Thursday instead of earlier in the week, Clemson would have been an even stronger No. 2 choice — coming close to threatening UK’s top spot — and Kansas would have fallen behind Duke and into the No. 4 spot.
For the South Carolina native, Clemson could definitely be a possibility. Williamson realizes that he will get attention at any school he chooses to go. So, why not be the hometown hero and save Clemson’s basketball program.
For the time being, Williamson should be focused on his visit with Kentucky this weekend. Not to mention, Williamson’s good friend and point guard, Immanuel Quickley, announced his commitment to Kentucky on Friday.
The 6’7” Williamson does not have a visit scheduled with Clemson just yet, though he’s taken several unofficial visits there. Being able to meet with the Tigers on a regular basis is certainly giving them an edge in this recruitment, though it remains to be seen if it will be enough to overcome blue-blood programs like Kansas, Duke and Kentucky.
Williamson has three visits in the next month with Kansas, Duke and UCLA. So, Kentucky better make their move soon or they will miss out on the number one recruit in the 2018 class.