A month ago, North Star (Lincoln, Neb.) shooting guard Donovan Williams was all set to kick off his official visit, reap all of the benefits of being the star for the weekend from the coaches and fans on campus, gather information then take said information to the table with his parents to make his decision.
But when the NCAA banned all in-person recruiting due to the COVID-19 pandemic just before the tour kicked off, Williams was literally left in a holding pattern.
That hold was officially lifted on Monday when Williams committed to Oklahoma State on Sports Illustrated’s Spring Signing Period Kickoff Show.
Williams picked the Cowboys over Kansas State and Texas.
Williams’s calling card is scoring; he’s efficient on all three levels and uses his size (6-foot-5) and speed to create scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates.
This season he averaged 29 points a game for the Navigators.
Williams said one thing that heavily weighed into his decision was teaming up with SI All-American first team point guard Cade Cunningham.
Cunningham signed with the Cowboys during the NCAA’s Early Signing Period in November and is widely regarded as potentially the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.
He also has the reputation for making his teammates better and, most importantly, winning.
This season, Cunningham led Montverde (Fla.) Academy to a 25-0 record and a consensus No. 1 ranking nationally.
“He’s a great player and he’s a guy I know that I can play with,” Williams said. “He’s very unselfish and very smart with the ball. He’s a point guard that any scorer would want to play with for sure. I think we’ll make a great duo.”
Williams and Cunningham join Orangeville Prep (Can.) shooting guard Matthew Alexander-Moncrieffe, Martin (Arlington, Texas) forward Montreal Pena and Putnam City West (Oklahoma City, Okla.) shooting guard Rondel Walker to form Oklahoma State’s 2020 haul.