University of Kansas recruiting target Zion Williamson, the No. 2-ranked prospect in the class of 2018 according to Rivals.com, made an official visit to Clemson last weekend and has set visits to Duke (Oct. 20-22) and UCLA (Oct. 27-29), he wrote in a blog at USAToday.com.
Williamson, a 6-foot-6 senior forward from Spartanburg (S.C.) High School, was joined on the trip to Clemson by Devon Dotson, a 6-1 senior point guard from Providence Day High in Charlotte, N.C., who made an official visit to KU on Aug. 25-27.
Williamson’s stepfather, Lee Anderson, played at Clemson.
“Common thought has him leaving his home state for a program like Kansas or Kentucky, but make no mistake Clemson is pulling out all of the stops (for Williamson),” Eric Bossi of Rivals.com wrote Monday.
“A teammate of Williamson’s in Las Vegas during the summer, Dotson is thought to be leaning towards Kansas or Florida but recent speculation has said that distance could end up being a big factor for the Charlotte product,” Bossi added of Dotson, Rivals.com’s No. 17-ranked player.
Williamson said he’d be “setting up more visits soon.” He is also considering KU, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and others.
“I said this before, but as far as lists and things like that I don’t see myself doing all that. Once I feel like I’ve found the college and it feels right for me and my family I’m just gonna announce it. I don’t really have a timetable for my decision. It’s just whenever it feels right!” Williamson added in the blog.
Rivals.com reported Monday that KU coach Bill Self has scheduled an in-home visit with Williamson on Tuesday. That visit could be postponed because of Hurricane Irma.
Meanwhile, Dotson postponed his scheduled visit to Florida last weekend because of Irma, heading instead to Clemson. Dotson will now visit Florida this weekend.
“We got there Saturday and saw the football game (Clemson’s 14-6 win over Auburn), so yeah it was fun. Me and Zion talked and saw the campus and talked to the coaches,” Dotson told Scout.com.
Dotson and Williamson played together for SC Supreme at the 2017 adidas Summer Championship.
“Me and Zion talked about potentially playing together somewhere because we played in Houston and clicked,” Dotson told Scout.com.
Dotson has an in-home visit scheduled with Self for Thursday. KU and Florida have been considered the leaders, with UCLA, Wake Forest and Maryland also on his list.
“Just the relationship,” Dotson told scout.com when asked what he liked about Gators coach Mike White’s program. “They’ve been on me since I was 15 or 14 so we have a relationship and trust in the coaching staff. They have been reaching out to me and my entire family, so yeah, the relationship.”
Carey enjoys Syracuse visit
Jalen Carey, a 6-4 senior guard from Immaculate Conception High in Montclair, N.J., who is ranked No. 49 nationally by Rivals.com, and considered the No. 1 recruit of Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, still plans on attending the Sept. 30 Late Night in the Phog in the wake of his visit to Syracuse, Carey’s dad, John, told Zagsblog.com.
“Boeheim said he’s definitely a big-time player. He could play right away. He could see him getting drafted maybe one, two years,” John Carey said.
John Carey said his son is currently focusing on Syracuse, Connecticut and Miami. Villanova also is on Carey’s list of schools. Rutgers has been eliminated.
Louis King likes Oregon
Louis King, a 6-8 senior small forward from Hudson Catholic in Columbus, N.J., who is ranked No. 23 in the class of 2018 by Rivals.com, visited Oregon last weekend.
King has a final list of Kansas, Oregon, Maryland, Seton Hall, UConn, Syracuse, Purdue and North Carolina State. He has not yet set up any other visits.
“The campus was mind-blowing,” his mother, Ativea King, told Zagsblog.com. “Their message was to come in and be a key piece to what they are wanting to accomplish.”
Thompson set for Late Night
Bryce Thompson, a 6-3 sophomore from Tulsa’s Booker T. Washington High, will attend Late Night in the Phog as part of an unofficial visit, he told Rivals.com.
Thompson is ranked No. 39 in the class of 2020. Thompson’s dad, Rod, played for Self at Tulsa.
Grimes visit on tap
Self on Monday night was to make an in-home visit with Quentin Grimes, a 6-foot-5 senior shooting guard from College Park High School in The Woodlands, Texas.
Grimes is the 11th-ranked player in the class of 2018. He has a list of KU, Kentucky, Arizona, Texas A&M, Marquette, Baylor and Texas.