Sean Miller continues to light up the recruiting trail in his first season on the job in Arizona.
Miller landed a verbal commitment Sunday from Derrick Williams, a 6-foot-7 forward from La Mirada, Calif., who initially committed to USC.
“Yeah I did,” Williams wrote by text.
Williams visited Arizona late last week and ultimately chose the Wildcats over Arizona State, Gonzaga and Memphis. He had visited Memphis earlier in the week.
Williams is one of eight recruits to leave USC. Head coach Tim Floyd resigned in the wake of the O.J. Mayo scandal.
The Williams signing would appear to take Arizona firmly out of the Lance Stephenson mix. Stephenson, as first reported on ZAGSBLOG, could be headed to Cincinnati.
Williams joins a five-man recruiting class at Arizona that includes New York guards Kevin Parrom and Lamont “Momo” Jones; Los Angeles small forward Solomon Hill; and Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy center Kyryl Natyazhko.
Like Williams, Jones and Hill also initially committed to Southern Cal.
HOLY CROSS DOWN TO 2
Holy Cross is down to two candidates for its head coaching job, according to FoxSports.com.
Either Notre Dame associate head coach Sean Kearney or Pittsburgh associate head coach Tom Herrion will get the job vacated by Ralph Willard, according to the report.
Kearney will interview with Holy Cross AD Richard Regan on Monday and Herrion on Tuesday, and Regan could decide by Wednesday.
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