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Brandon Williams picks Arizona over Gonzaga and Oregon

May 5, 2018 GMT

Gonzaga made a strong push in the last two months for point guard Brandon Williams but it wasn’t enough to land one of the nation’s top recruits.

Williams announced his commitment to Arizona via livestream from the Ballislife All-American game Saturday in Norwalk, California. He picked the Wildcats over Gonzaga and Oregon.

“The whole thing with me was to be extremely happy with a program I’m most comfortable with and where my heart first led me and that was with Coach (Sean) Miller and Arizona,” said Williams, one of 24 players participating in the all-star game.

Williams originally committed to Arizona but re-opened his recruiting in early March after an ESPN.com article linked Miller to the FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball. Miller has adamantly disputed the report.

Most recruiting analysts believed the Zags were chasing the Ducks and Wildcats but Gonzaga made up some ground after Williams decommitted from Arizona. Williams’ campus visit last weekend prompted glowing remarks from Chris Wright, Williams’ stepfather. GU head coach Mark Few and assistant Donny Daniels also made a couple of trips to visit Williams in southern California.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Williams is No. 37 on ESPN.com’s top 100. He would have been a key addition, giving the Zags a strong ballhandler and versatile scorer. He probably would have joined rising senior point guard Josh Perkins as primary ballhandlers and provided the option of a two point-guard system the program has utilized often during its streak of 20 consecutive NCAA appearances.

Perkins recently had shoulder surgery but he’s expected to be ready for his senior season. He’s the only true point guard on the roster, but the Zags other options could include Zach Norvell Jr., the starting wing last season who could fill-in at point, rising sophomore Jesse Wade, 2018 redshirt Joel Ayayi , and incoming freshman Greg Foster Jr.

The Zags are also involved in the transfer and graduate transfer market. Gonzaga is on Albany transfer Joe Cremo’s list. The versatile 6-4 shooting guard can handle the ball and has averaged nearly four assists each of the last two seasons. Cremo has visited Villanova and Kansas in the last week.

This article will be updated.