Four-star point guard Brandon Williams is headed to Arizona after all.
Williams re-committed to the Wildcats at a ceremony at the Ballislife All-American Game on Saturday. He's the No. 31 overall prospect and seventh-ranked point guard in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports.
The 6'2" Encino, California, native originally committed to Arizona last June but backed away when the program and coach Sean Miller were implicated in an FBI investigation into college basketball corruption. Miller, who was accused of arranging a $100,00 payment to Deandre Ayton, has denied all allegations and returned to his post after a brief hiatus when the school cleared him.
"The whole thing with me was being extremely happy with a program where I know I'm most comfortable with and where I know my heart first led me," Williams said during his announcement, per the Arizona Daily Star's Bruce Pascoe. "That was with coach (Sean) Miller and the University of Arizona."
The Wildcats did not have a recruit in their 2018 class when Williams de-committed. He's now one of three players heading to Arizona, joining Devonaire Doutrive and Omar Thielemans.
Jahvon Quinerly and Shareef O'Neal, who previously committed to Arizona before backing out, did not re-commit. Quinerly will be attending Villanova, while O'Neal signed with UCLA.
Because of the upheaval and other departures, Williams has a chance to have an instant impact next season. He's a score-first point guard who averaged 24.7 points and 2.7 assists during his senior season.
With the Wildcats potentially losing their top five leading scorers from 2017-18, Williams' re-commitment could prove to be a smart move for his draft stock. He is not currently seen as a lottery type if he were to be one-and-done.