NEW YORK — Nebraska basketball coach Tim Miles and assistant Michael Lewis had a close eye on Donovan Williams in New York City last weekend.
The Lincoln North Star guard had already built a strong relationship with the Husker coaches when he made an unofficial visit to campus June 27. His performance at the Adidas Gauntlet Finale earned him a scholarship offer, which he received Saturday from the hometown school.
“I am pretty excited about it, and them believing in me and taking a chance on me is real big for me and my family,” said Williams, the No. 2 player in the 2020 NebHSRecruiting rankings. “I’m just excited to see what the future holds for us.”
Nebraska is the first power-conference school to offer him, though more could follow. Since that offer came Saturday night, Williams has heard from Wisconsin, Iowa and Iowa State. Big East schools Butler, Creighton and Marquette had previously shown interest, and mid-majors Loyola of Chicago, Davidson and Bradley have been in contact with him.
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UNO was the first Division I school to offer him on June 26.
Nebraska and Wisconsin could eventually emerge as top contenders for Williams, though the Badgers haven’t offered him yet. He unofficially visited Wisconsin April 23 and attended its elite camp two months later.
His brother, Bryson, will be a freshman defensive tackle for the Badgers this fall after a standout football career at Lincoln Southeast. Bryson chose Wisconsin over a number of schools, including a late offer from Scott Frost and the new Husker coaching staff.
“I have really good ties to Wisconsin, and Nebraska is the only power-conference offer,” Williams said. “It is something to talk about, obviously.”
Trust will play a big role for Donovan Williams throughout his recruitment. He wants to be in the best position to play at the highest level of college basketball, and academics will also be important.
But Williams, who will be a junior next season, has time to evaluate his options.
“I want to absorb the whole process and just have fun with it and see where it goes,” he said. “I am not ready to make a decision anytime soon. I’ll know when the time is right. It could be next week, a month from now or a year from now.”