Arizona lost a third member of their 2018 recruiting class on Friday afternoon as Brandon Williams, a top 35 point guard from California, announced that he has reopened his recruitment.
He has not ruled out Arizona as a potential destination, but “with the current climate surrounding U of A … I have the opportunity to explore other options,” Williams wrote in a statement posted on twitter.
Williams is the second commitment that Arizona has lost since ESPN published a story on Friday night that stated that head coach Sean Miller was caught on a wiretap discussing a $100,000 payment to secure the services of Deandre Ayton. On Monday, Shaquille O’Neal’s son, Shareef, decommitted from Arizona and committed to UCLA.
Back in the fall, when the FBI disclosed their investigation into corruption in college basketball, five-star point guard Jahvon Quinerly decommitted from Arizona. It was alleged in the complaint that former Arizona assistant coach Book Richardson accepted $20,000 in bribes that were earmarked for Quinerly’s family.
Quinerly has since committed to Villanova.