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2020 G Donovan Williams ‘All N’ After Commitment to Nebraska

August 22, 2018

Coach Tim Miles landed his first 2020 recruit on Tuesday night as Lincoln North Star guard Donovan Williams decided to end his recruitment early and commit to the Huskers.

“His initial reaction was about five seconds of a loud yell that I was kind of expecting,” Williams said about Miles’ reaction to the news. “But it was just fun to hear him let it out, which is what I’ve been waiting for for a while, just to hear him be excited about me committing there.”

The Huskers hosted Williams for an unofficial visit on June 27, offered him a scholarship on July 14 and received his commitment on Tuesday. Williams just began his junior year of high school and still had an opportunity to earn more offers next spring and summer with one more year of AAU basketball left, but he already had his mind made up.

“I just felt like Nebraska was the right place for me to be,” Williams said. “They made me their main priority, they told me that from the beginning that I was their main priority out of their recruits. No other school kind of believed in me like that other than the five other offers I had, no other high majors made me feel like that, made me feel at home. I just felt like Nebraska is the place to be. They play at the highest level and it’s right here, right where I live.”

Williams’ first offer came from Omaha and others followed from Texas-Rio Grande Valley, Bradley, South Dakota and Kansas City.

Williams is set to become the first Lincoln native on scholarship since Lincoln Southeast product Jake Muhleisen, who played from the Huskers from 2001 to 2005.

“It means a lot to me; it means everything,” Williams said. “Being from Lincoln, now playing there in two years, it should be very exciting. I know it’s going to to bring a lot of pressure on my shoulders but I’m ready for it. That’s what I work every day for.”

Williams said he is relieved to know that he’ll be playing his basketball in Lincoln for at least the next six years. 

“It’s very exciting to me and my family just to know that and the feeling of it is just incredible,” Williams said. “It’s something like I’ve never felt before. Just for them to be able to watch me grow as a player and as a person, it should be a really fun journey.”

Williams said the proximity to home-cooked meals will be a nice perk as well.

Williams is a 6-foot-5, 190-pound wing who led the Navigators with 18.3 points per game last season. He has a strong frame and solid athleticism who plays a lot of point guard for North Star. The Nebraska coaches see him moving off the ball at the next level, however.

“When I get to Nebraska, I’ll be a primary two-guard,” Williams said. “If they need me to be a one on certain occasions, I’ll bring the ball up. But primarily, I’ll be a two-guard, a scoring guard, because I can score the ball and they know that. Just playing hard on both ends.”

Now that he’s all in, Williams has turned his attention to doing what he can to convince others to join him.

“I’m going to start recruiting as much as I can because now it’s about me, it’s about my future and Nebraska’s future, it’s about all of us,” Williams said. “Me being a part of Nebraska and the basketball team in a few years, I’m trying to get as much talent as I can, in-state and out of state.”

Nebraska has offers out to two other in-state players, 2019 Omaha Creighton Prep wing Akol Arop and 2021 Bellevue West point guard Chucky Hepburn.

Williams will be busy during football season following his older brother Bryson’s career at Wisconsin, but basketball season is only three months away and Williams has big goals for the ‘Gators. North Star went 12-13 last season but brings back a strong core in what should be a wide open race for the city title in Lincoln.

“As far as I’m concerned, I feel like we’re the best team in the city,” Williams said. “We kind of set the tone this summer with losing no games in the summer league. This year should be really fun. We’ve got some returning players, some key components that we need if we want to make that trip to state. We’ve got a big man, Josiah Allick, who’s come a long way. We’ve got some guards, we’ve got some young guards, we have me, obviously. I see us having a very good season.”

Allick is the older brother of Bekka Allick, a 2020 recruit who committed to play volleyball at Nebraska back in July.

After missing out on some potential contributors and difference-makers coming out of Nebraska over the last several years, the Huskers appear to be investing in local talent once again, and that investment is paying off. Williams is “All N.”

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