Bruce Ellington was an athletically gifted point guard for USC last season. His departure to the football team left a huge void in that department. But recent commitment Brenton Williams (5-11 170) of Sante Fe JC, FL has the stuff to offset the loss of Ellington according to assistant coach Brendan Foley.
"He's a real athletic, scoring combo guard," he said. "You won't find a kid at his size faster or more athletic. He shoots it from deep. He is explosive off the dribble, can blow by a defender. And he can jump out of the gym. I think his best basketball is to come."
Williams is from Kissimmee, FL and averaged over 26 points per game as a senior at Osceola High School. He had some small school offers his senior season but wanted to improve his recruiting stock, so he enrolled at Sante Fe. Because he made that decision late and Sante Fe didn't have a scholarship, Williams did not join the team until the second semester. He played in 10 games averaging over 11 points per game.
USC coach Darrin Horn saw Williams earlier this month on the first day coaches could see prospects and offered him that day. Williams made an official visit to USC last Thursday thru Saturday and loved what he saw. "I went to the baseball game (Friday night) and saw how the fans supported their athletics, and that really surprised me," Williams said. "That was something I want to be a part of. I'm sure they support the basketball team as well."
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Williams added that he also was impressed by what he learned about Horn. "I liked how he developed some of the former guards that he coached and some of them go to the next level," he said. "Some of his former players told me about how he made them a better person off the court."
Williams also had offers from Louisiana Tech, Central Florida, Creighton and Morehead State. He will sign his letter of intent at a ceremony at Sante Fe on Monday or Tuesday.
While he was scouting Williams at Sante Fe earlier this week, Horn got a look at center Keshaun Hamilton (6-10 275). He's got two more years to play at Sante Fe but Horn told his coaches he has an offer waiting for Hamilton when he's finished. "If he called right now and said he wanted to be a Gamecock, they would take him," Foley said.