One day after securing a 2020 commitment from Western Nebraska Community College guard Teddy Allen, Nebraska lost its other commit for that class as Lincoln North Star guard Donovan Williams announced on Twitter that he was reopening his recruitment.
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— = Donovan =⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@DonovanW_) December 18, 2019
Williams, a 6-foot-5, 190-pound guard committed to Nebraska on Aug. 21, 2018 under Tim Miles. He initially stuck with his commitment following the coaching change after meeting with Fred Hoiberg. Williams has been very pro-Nebraska and active as a peer recruiter on Twitter since his commitment, and he’s taken a few visits since Hoiberg took over, but he did not send in his letter of intent during the early signing period.
Williams tore his ACL in the spring and has not yet returned to the court for the Navigators.
As a junior, Williams led North Star to the Class A state tournament semifinals, averaging 21 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.9 steals while shooting 35.5% from the field, 31.5% from 3 and 73.6% from the free-throw line.
As a sophomore, he averaged 18.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.2 assists while shooting 38.5% from the field, 27.6% from 3 and 74.7% from the free-throw line as the Gators went 12-13. He only played in three games as a freshman because of injury.
Before committing to Nebraska, he had received offers from Omaha, Texas-Rio Grande Valley, Bradley, South Dakota and Kansas City.
Williams told Hail Varsity he is completely resetting his recruitment and will focus on getting healthy first and letting everything else fall into place.
Former Nebraska commit D’Andre Davis also decommitted in October and signed with Louisville, which left Williams as the only player still in the class that had committed to the previous coaching staff. Now he’s gone too.
Williams’ decommitment leaves Nebraska with two open scholarships for 2020.
Jacob Padilla has been writing for Hail Varsity since 2015. He covers football, volleyball men’s basketball and prep sports. He also co-hosts the Nebraska Preps Postgame and Nebraska Shootaround podcasts for the Hurrdat Media and Hail Varsity podcast networks. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.