Head coach Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns are still in contention to accomplish an unusual feat — fielding a team with two players of the same name who play the same position.
On Friday, Lincoln (Neb.) North Star shooting guard Donovan Williams released his list of top six schools and the Horns made the cut.
I will be focusing ALL my attention on these 6 schools moving forward. Thank you. 3️⃣ pic.twitter.com/2pXiDpt8hp— = Donovan =⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@DonovanW_) March 20, 2020
As the graphic indicates, the schools remaining under consideration by the 6’5, 190-pounder include Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, and Villanova.
Williams committed to home-state Nebraska early in the process, but decommitted in December after he began receiving more interest following the early signing period. Still, the inclusion of Kansas and Villanova on his list are more hopeful than anything — he doesn’t yet hold offers from either school, though that could change late in the process if spots open up for him.
The Longhorns have been evaluating Williams for some time, with Smart and his staff taking several visits to see the consensus three-star prospect. However, even though Williams does hold an offer from Texas and there is a scholarship available for next year, local Austin-area phenom Greg Brown has that spot reserved for him if he wants to choose the Horns.
So unless a player transfers in the coming weeks or forward Jericho Sims opts to declare for the 2020 NBA Draft and pass up his final season of eligibility, Williams wouldn’t be able to commit to Texas until Brown makes a decision or Sims leaves school. Even then, Sims would have the option of returning to school following the pre-draft process.
In other words, there are some moving parts here for Williams and the Longhorns.
And the coronavirus pandemic is also impacting his plans — Williams was supposed to take his final three official visits in the coming weeks, but with the moratorium on hosting prospects, those are postponed indefinitely. Oklahoma State, Kansas State, and Texas were the schools scheduled to receive those visits, so consider those three Big 12 programs the current favorites, with the Cowboys holding the only 247Sports Crystal Ball cast so far.