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Wednesday / October 20.
  • Ziaire Williams to Stanford

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Ziaire Williams is headed to Stanford.

    The No. 1 small forward in the Class of 2020 and the No. 6 player in the nation according to 247Sports.com, Williams chose the Cardinal over Arizona, North Carolina, Oregon, UCLA and USC.

    “I’ll be committing to Stanford,” he said in the video below.

    The 6-foot-9 Williams doesn’t figure to be at Stanford for long as he is the projected No. 5 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, per ESPN.com.

    Williams was selected to the McDonald’s All-American Game, the Jordan Brand Classic and the Nike Hoop Summit, but all of those were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    “Ziaire is highly skilled and plays extremely hard,” said USA Basketball youth coach Don Showalter. “He has a knack to be around the ball. Ziaire is a versatile player who can play several positions.”

    Williams averaged 15 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 21 games at Sierra Canyon (CA) after transferring from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.

    He scored the game-winning basket at the buzzer when Sierra Canyon won the Southern California regional final against Etiwanda. He and his teammates did not get to play in the Open Division state championship game because of the pandemic.

    “He was amazing,” coach Andre Chevalier told the Los Angeles Times of Williams’ play during the postseason. “He took his game to the next level.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.