Clemson got it’s shot with 6-6 phenom Zion Williamson of Spartanburg Day last Saturday night for the Auburn game. This Saturday, with Kentucky in town for its home opener, USC will get its chance to entertain Williamson and his parents. Thursday night USC head coach Frank Martin and his three assistant coaches spent two hours with Williamson at his home and nailed down the visit.
Williamson had planned from the start not to take official visits to Clemson and USC, so these one night stops serve as the Tigers and Gamecocks last chance to impress him as he heads down the stretch of his recruiting saga.
“The visit went great, just like all the visits with the coaches so far,” said Williamson’s stepfather Lee Anderson. “His message was about the fact they reached the Final Four last season and come help them get to that next level.”
Head coaches from Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA also have been in this week. Two Duke assistants met with Williamson at his school earlier Thursday. Anderson is expecting head coach Mike Krzyzewski to visit at some point, and North Carolina coach Roy Williams is expected in on Sunday.
Williamson supposedly has official visits set with Kentucky September 22nd, Kansas September 29th, Duke October 22nd and UCLA October 27th though Anderson said to his knowledge nothing is absolute with those visits and dates and there could be changes.
As for this Saturday’s visit, Anderson said the plan is to meet with some of the academic people at USC as well as the support group around the basketball program. It’s possible Williamson will meet the university president as well, as he did last week at Clemson.
Anderson said the visit at Clemson went very well and they got the chance to further explore the academic opportunities as well as learn more about the basketball program. Anderson said he’s not aware of an in home visit planned with Clemson coach Brad Brownell at this point.
As for the idea of Williamson skipping college all together, since he’s likely a one and one player, and playing professionally somewhere next year before entering the NBA Draft, Anderson admitted the subject had been broached but doesn’t have a lot of legs. He said Williamson’s mother is a teacher, and he’s a former college basketball himself, so they appreciate what the college experience, if even for a year, would mean for their son.
Anderson said no timetable has been set for Williamson to make his decision and at this point he’s not certain Williamson will sign in November.