While Jalen Williams talks about the NBA draft, younger brother Cody Arizona draws attention

GLENDALE – When college basketball coaches sit at a “green room” table with their players on an NBA draft night, as Arizona’s Tommy Lloyd said Thursday with Bennedict Mathurin, it’s not only a show of support, but a significant recruiting advantage.

Guess who helped develop this player for the first round of selection, who are almost all greenroom invitees? Who helped them get a two-year guaranteed contract worth at least $ 4 million?

The best recruitment targets around the world who ever dream of a green space and a seven-seater salary may notice that the cameras regularly show the families and coaches who played a role in their development.

But maybe this year it will work the other way around. Maybe some of the college’s elite coaches will notice when they see Gilbert Perry’s high school Cody Williams sitting in a green room. Because he’s sitting with his brother Jalen, who is probably the fastest rising player in this year’s draft.

Jalen Williams, a 6-foot guard, was slightly recruited from Perry in 2019, spending three seasons developing into a conference option for the entire West Coast in Santa Clara, but in a league where most of the focus is on Gonzaga. BYU and Saint Mary’s.

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He then went to the air this spring after strong appearances in the NBA team and team training.

So who knows what Cody Williams, who is currently 6-7 year old Parry’s four-star parent, could change in a few years? Cody, who is already interested in Arizona and recruited at a higher level, says he is a different player than his brother, but both are united by a passion for defense.

With eye-opening performances on the NBA Combine, Jalen Williams took 7-foot, 2.25-inch lead, and 1.5-inch ahead of UA Dalen Terry, who finished second at 7: 0.75.

“People don’t realize he’s a security guard,” Cody Williams said. “It has a wider wingspan than many seven-legged combine harvesters. He is an underrated feeder. He makes boys open, truly selfless and extremely versatile. He can shoot the ball deeply, so he can fit into many teams.

“So when he started bouncing and they started seeing it at the combine and during his workouts, I wasn’t surprised.”

Playing for Perry at the Section 7 presentation this weekend, Cody Williams will jump up at the recruiting tables this spring. During an post-game interview, Williams said he was unsure how many scholarship offers he had, but these included Washington State and Nevada (247 reported that ASU, Colorado, and USC have also extended offers).

Williams is expected to receive even more offers this summer, although he said he did not focus on the opportunity, noting that Arizona coaches have been encouraging.

One of Perry’s alumni, fresh center Dylan Anderson, is already on the list, while the Wildcats have also shown interest in rising sophomore Koa Peat, who left Perry over the weekend to try out the U17 national basketball team.

“They just said continue with the hard work that they are really interested in and everything will be fine,” Williams said of the UA coaches. “So I’ve just held my head and ground it.”

He doesn’t have to look far for an example to help.

Jalen Williams broke Santa Clara’s starting lineup with 10 games in his fresh season 2019-2020, finishing second in the league in the second year and finishing second in the WCC last season (18.0 points), finishing Lou Henson. the best midfielder in the country.

“He definitely grew up after his freshman year,” Cody Williams said of his brother. “A lot of people may not have exactly the year they wanted for their freshman year, and they’re moving on, but he left it out in Santa Clara, kept his head down and ground. It really worked for him. ”

Contact Sports Reporter Bruce Pascoe at 573-4146 or bpascoe@tucson.com. Twitteris @brucepascoe

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