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Class of 2023 forward Brandon Williams sets 3 officials (UPDATED)
By ADAM ZAGORIABrandon Williams, the 6-foot-8 Class of 2023 power forward from the PSA Cardinals and Christ The King High School, has set three official visits.
Williams will visit St. John’s (June 2-4), George Mason (June 14-15) and Oklahoma State Father’s Day weekend (June 18-19), per Christ the King coach CJ Steed. He is also working on an official visit to UCLA, which he visited unofficially in December.
Williams will also take an unofficial visit to Rhode Island June 11, along with Class of 2024 Nasir Rodriguez (Scanlan/ PSA) and Class of 2025 Markell Alston (Christ the King/New Heights Lightning.)
Williams has also recently heard from Michigan State and Virginia Tech.
The St. John’s and Oklahoma State visits were previously reported by Kevin Daniels.
“I’ve been keeping my handle tight so I’ve just got to keep working at at and staying in the gym,” Williams recently told ZAGSBLOG. “I’ve played like that my whole life, so I try to emulate someone like Jayson Tatum, someone versatile, so I work at that a lot.”
The Queens native will provide a veteran leadership role for a young Christ The King team which returns 2024 prospect Devin Vanterpool and 2025 point guard Markell Alston.
“I think we’re going to be good,” Williams said. “Last year we just lacked experience but we got through it. It was really the first season we were able to have together, ever since the pandemic.”
“Brandon is skilled and smart enough to play the 1,” Christ the King coach Joe Arbitello said. “He also has great footwork and toughness to play the 4 or 5. He just turned 16 which makes him a throwback. In today’s basketball world with all the reclassifications, he would be a freshmen or sophomore and completely dominate.”
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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.