Five-star senior Cody Williams joined Colorado on Wednesday, becoming the first five-star men’s basketball prospect in at least 15 years for Buffaloes.
Williams chose Tad Boyle’s program over LSU, but Arizona, UCLA, and USC also recruited him.
“The program and the players are very connected and they have built a great culture,” Williams told ESPN. “I see myself as a part of it. I love the staff and Coach Boyle. When Coach Boyle says something to you, you know it’s true on and off the court. It’s to help you. He is a very genuine person. ..”
Williams is the younger brother of Santa Clara star Jalan Williams, who was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder in last year’s NBA Draft.
“My brother helped me a lot in the process,” he said. “He told me what to look for in the program. It’s a place where I can fit, play and learn. I see myself accomplishing my goals in Colorado. Playing in NCAA tournaments, becoming one of the best freshmen in the country and one day The NBA. I plan to take everything one step at a time.”
Perry High School (Arizona) 6′ 8″ small forward Williams is ranked 14th on the 2023 ESPN 100. He averaged 15.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 24 games with the Vegas Elite on the Nike EYBL circuit last spring and summer.
Williams, like his brother, has an amazing upside and his cap is higher than anyone in his 2023 class. He was one of the players with the biggest rises in the spring and summer after an outstanding performance on grassroots circuits.
He gradually moved himself from a prospect to a player with more potential. At both ends, Williams’ versatility impresses with its great positioning size. Offensively, he overpowers defenders with three-point shots, middle games, and drive games. His scoring comes from soft touch and fluid movement and he can score more than a smaller defender due to his size. He can make his own shots, but he can also find his teammates.
The defensive side is something that can shine in the future thanks to his foot speed and wingspan, and that’s what we’re making a top priority for.
“I love defense,” Williams said. “I’m focused on defense because most people don’t pay enough attention. I’m spending my time playing right now because he’s focused on defense, switching and rebounding.”
Williams is Colorado’s first five-star recruit since the ESPN recruitment database launched in 2007 and is Buffaloes’ first ESPN 100 pledge since class in 2021. He joins four-star guard Courtney Anderson, who selected Colorado earlier this fall.