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Coronavirus pandemic puts Super-Stater Williams' recruiting on hold

Coronavirus pandemic puts Super-Stater Williams' recruiting on hold

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Donovan Williams

Lincoln North Star's Donovan Williams (left) has been selected to the Nebraska Coaches Association boys basketball all-star roster this summer.

Like the rest of college basketball, the coronavirus pandemic has totally disrupted Donovan Williams’ recruiting process.

The 6-foot-5 Super-State senior guard from Lincoln North Star had official visits set for Texas, Oklahoma State and Kansas State in the coming weeks. But like the NCAA Tournament, Williams had to cancel those as the NCAA instituted a recruiting dead period until the heightened health risk subsides.

As a result, Williams, a former Nebraska commit, is now playing the waiting game to see if the NCAA moves the spring national letter of intent signing period to a later date, allowing him to reschedule the official visits before making a decision.

“I’m still hoping I can take all my visits, then sign in May,” said Williams, who is also getting interest from Kansas and Villanova. “I want to see what the coaches recruiting me think I should do. I may have to do it (make the decision) without taking my officials. If I have to do that, I’ll still wait a couple weeks before I decide.”

Williams took unofficial visits to Texas, Oklahoma State, Kansas State as well as Kansas and Texas A&M during the season. He said Kansas may be able to offer him a scholarship depending on what happens with the Jayhawks’ returning roster in the next few weeks.

“I don’t know how long I would wait (for an offer) from one of the big schools (Kansas and Villanova) because I have three good schools right now,” Williams said.

With school out right now to stop the spread of the virus, Williams has been doubling down on his workouts. He’s in the gym twice a day shooting and hitting the weight room every day, too.

Williams had an impressive recovery from offseason knee injury, averaging 28.3 points and 8.1 rebounds in the 14 games he played after returning in January. On back-to-back nights in early February, Williams scored 44 points against Lincoln Northeast and dropped 50 in a three-point loss at eventual state champion Bellevue West.


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Ron Powell is a longtime prep writer for the Journal Star. He covers high school football, boys basketball and track as well as state college football and Husker and professional tennis.

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