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she says with some with no shortage of wit herself. The Arizona Wildcats, USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins are all in the mix to land his services. Asked about the transformation, Ziaire laughs but totally acknowledges it. He’ll internalize the competition, whether it’s going against a really great player or whether it’s a championship game but he tends to rise to the moment when it’s required and that’s been pretty consistent from what I’ve seen of him. That’s my earliest memory, it’s so weird. I feel accepted. The first time you find something you're really good at doing. ", Absolutely and that’s what somewhat rose my stock a little bit. We end this look at Ziaire by leaving with Fields-Williams' favorite memory of her son, the one that marks the very first beginning. designation) works for 7-Up out of Sylmar, and his mother, Marquita Fields-Williams, is a probation officer. Watching him play leaves no doubt that the on-court teachings have gotten through as well. He was a consensus five-star recruit and one of the best small forwards in the 2020 class. "T, hat game was fun. I don’t like when people tell me about the pros. I’m a friendly person. Academically, Williams' interests lie with the science side of the curriculum. I’ve been asked to go to a lot of great high schools around the country and I would never leave this school just because it’s home, really. Ziaire Williams basketball recruiting profile and news - 2020 small forward from Chatsworth, CA (Sierra Canyon) Latest News On Ziaire Williams Recent Ziaire Williams News Seven college basketball programs taking their But that’s just for me personally. The staff, the people are amazing. Zaire Wade also reportedly tore a ligament in his right ankle, which sidelined him for a good part of the season, according to . I wear it in the game so when I’m tired I’m like, “Come on. The number of scholarship offers doesn’t matter as you can only attend one school! Williams is currently projected to be a top 5 pick for the 2021 draft, and so there was a lot of hype and anticipation to see how And don't forget to sign up for our Bootleg Newsletter! It was the Cavaliers vs. the Pistons. He’s grown so much, so quickly that I think he doesn’t realize how long and tall he really is. He is a Gold Medalist in the FIBA under 19 World cup Men's Basketball in Heraklion, Greece. Maybe like a movie, but it could be anything." The other player tried to bully Ziaire and talk trash to him. He’s not one of those kids that I can see looking ahead or looking forward. 12 in the Class of 2020 by ESPN. Very hard workers. I’d probably be a first baseman. He’s very much bought into trying to win league this year. Very hard workers. He is born to parents Ziaire William and Marquita Fields-Williams who both served in the military. The 6' 2'' is single and is living a single life fully enjoying with his friends and family. "Humility starts at home and began far before we thought about the recruitment process. He actually had scholarships but he never had the grades which is why he’s really hard on me about grades. They had Chauncey Billups, Tayshaun Prince, all of them, and for some reason that’s like the most earliest, most vivid memory I have and I remember seeing LeBron and being like ‘Wow, what in the world?’ and being a big fan of him. LeBron James' arrival in Los Angeles has galvanized the city of Los Angeles and resuscitated the fervor for L.A.'s most successful professional sports franchise. In talking to Ziaire, his coach, and his Mom, it's clear the Williams family has done an exceptional job of striking that balance. The sophomore's father, Guy Williams, scored what was then a WSU-record 43 … Ziaire Williams will give us his top 7 Sunday. ", Ziaire also focused in on hoops so early, he does have a curiosity about how he'd fare in other sports, one in particular. Other people like it and I’m not downgrading it but it doesn’t really mean too much to me. Everything pans out in high school," she adds. All credit to my Dad, he and I have been training since I was five, six years old and he has never, ever had me in the post. I like to talk about the NBA, but I don’t like to talk about me being in the NBA because...it’s not pressure, but I don’t want my whole life depending on getting into the NBA. And even with all of that, when the lights go on, it's time for Ziaire to be a different guy from the affable, charismatic, non-basketball obsessed guy he professes to be with his friends. ", I love the STEM programs (science, technology, engineering, and math), so that whole field is definitely my favorite. Every other University is after the five-star Prospect. Brandon "BJ" Boston Jr. (born November 28, 2001) is an American college basketball player for the Kentucky Wildcats of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). It’s still has got a ways to go but that’s been his biggest growth is figuring out how to use that size once he gets ten feet and in to his advantage.". All these moments mark the constant series of beginnings that is growing up and that stack up to create the person you will become. His grandparents are up there (Notre Dame’s Wall of Honor inside the gymnasium’s lobby where names like Jamie Dixon are also included), they’ve contributed so much to the school. I’d probably be a first baseman. So his dad was in the MLB, and he has a little brother named Dane who has cancer, though he is cancer-free right now. I wear it in the game so when I’m tired I’m like, “Come on. We beat them by 20+, and it was at that moment I realized how special Ziaire could be," Sargeant says. Ziaire responded by not letting him get a shot off on two consecutive positions (5 second call and a block), and then scored on that same player on his next two chances. Keep pushing. At a certain point, it’s natural to wonder if all the attention and hype that comes with being a big-time hoops recruit have gone to the young man’s head, but Williams has remained largely the person he was when he arrived on campus in Sherman Oaks three years ago. But I’d played basketball before that but ever since that moment I fell in love with it and that’s what I wanted to do.". Notre Dame High School's culture and the group of friends Ziaire's cultivated has certainly helped him draw a line between basketball and regular student life. He’s added that element to his game. Just to humble myself and show gratitude and not to take every day for granted because there are people out there struggling and fighting for their lives.”. As far as the other half of this parental team, "Ziaire biggest trait that I see in his father is his forgetfulness!!! So I’m thankful for that. UNREAL finish. Trailblazers use a 13-0 run to comeback and advance to third state CIF State Open Division title game. I first discovered Ziaire’s competitiveness before I was even his coach. There is of course a trade-off to being in Ziaire's position, and he knows it. When they first find their best purpose, when they find their passion, and the important people they let in their lives. So if you’re going to put a big guy on him, we’ll put you in pick’n’rolls, if you put a smaller guy on him, we’ll put him on the block. Just to humble myself and show gratitude and not to take every day for granted because there are people out there struggling and fighting for their lives.”. ", (Photo: RJ Abeytia/The Bootleg, 247Sports), I’m a 6’9” guard, so most of the time he (Notre Dame Head Coach Matt Sargeant) has me on the wing. Ziaire says of his coach, "He is an X and O coach. You can follow him on Twitter at @RJ_Abeytia and follow The Bootleg @TheBootleg for up to the moment Cardinal news and analysis. Being one of the best among the top 20 in the class of 2020 recruiting class, he is one of the most wanted players. I just really sprouted in high school, but I’ve always been the biggest guy on the court, and my Dad was not letting that post game stuff happen. As Williams-Fields says, "I may sound a little biased as Ziaire is my son, but he’s pretty darn awesome! I’ve been asked to go to a lot of great high schools around the country and I would never leave this school just because it’s home, really. So we just talk about stuff like that. Williams, the 6-foot-7 Chatsworth native, is rated the No. Williams was a huge part of that win, effectively closing out the game with a big three-point play and handling the ball all the way down the stretch. Really, I mean this as hard as possible, we don’t talk about basketball at all. You want a player to play with the kind of confidence that warrants that kind of attention but you also want to have a kid who continues to treat his teammates with respect, to listen to his coaching staff, and he does all those things.". Maturity kicked in, his body was finally settling in. "Ziaire has loved playing basketball since age five. It's free and a great way to get all the latest Stanford Cardinal information right into your inbox! "My favorite memory of Ziaire is the day he blessed us with an inestimable amount of joy and happiness, his birth date. My whole life, nobody knew about me and I really wouldn’t care. Ziaire Williams is an American basketball player who is considered one of the best players in the 2020 class. Ziaire was matched up with an upperclassman in that game that is also being recruited at a division 1 level. That’s my earliest memory, it’s so weird. I know when we (BTI) played this team from Florida, I forgot their team name (E1T1 United). "That game was fun. Ziaire was matched up with an upperclassman in that game that is also being recruited at a division 1 level. "My Dad played in high school. ", My Dad played in high school. The five-star prospect out of the 2020 recruiting class, Ziaire Williams took the official visit to Stanford Cardinal on 12 January 2020 according to the reports from Stockrisers reporter Jake Weingarten. Be grateful for every offer received and treat every offer with the same level of gratitude. It’s still has got a ways to go but that’s been his biggest growth is figuring out how to use that size once he gets ten feet and in to his advantage. He doesn’t really talk a lot about college. And while the team didn’t get a chance to defend the title they had held for Academically, Williams' interests lie with the science side of the curriculum. Sometimes it gets kind of hard but I see all my friends out having fun at a party or something and I’m at home resting. It was young LeBron. Anne and Tony Joseph Director of Basketball Jerod Haase writes Ziaire a letter every day of the year, and Williams mentioned recently he has shoeboxes full of letters from Coach Haase. He also played in the McDonald's All-American Game in 2020. ", Asked about what those friends would say about him off the court, Ziaire says "That I'm funny, and if I wasn’t 6’9” you wouldn’t guess that I play basketball. Ziaire genuinely loves people, is a very respectful young man, and carries himself in a mature manner. Ziaire Williams is one of the nation's most sought after high school basketball players and is considered the best small forward in the 2020 class. They sacrificed a lot for me. Ziaire Williams is the best on what is a stacked roster at this Chatsworth, Los Angeles School. So I’m thankful for that. Asked about the transformation, Ziaire laughs but totally acknowledges it. ", Ziaire's BTI AAU team got a big summer win over West Coast Elite, a team featuring Nico Mannion and Josh Green, both five-star recruits headed to Arizona. ", There is definitely an elevated Ziaire that appears when there is some type of external motivation. They started this whole charity movement and they called it DaneStrong and I wear it to remind myself that there’s always somebody going through worse. Another time was in the fall when we played against a team that beat us over the summer in a game that Ziaire couldn’t play in. That dude can jump, but my mom, she was really fast so it might be just a little bit of both. Ziaire responded by not letting him get a shot off on two consecutive positions (5 second call and a block), and then scored on that same player on his next two chances. ", That’s one thing I wish I would have done when I was little is play different sports. ", Notre Dame's system under Sargeant is also tailored to utilize Williams in a variety of ways. We played ‘em in Vegas and I was so mad. Ziaire's close friend on the Knights' baseball team has also connected to him with a deeper perspective that transcends anything as ultimately trivial as a basketball game. Thankfully during the initial recruiting stages, Robert Icart, BTI Director, assisted us as a family. I really I wish I would have tried it at least somewhat competitively. Sargeant says of his gifted junior, ", He’s really unique, because he really can score from all three levels so depending on where the game is going and what team we’re playing and what matchups we’re using, I try to use him at all three levels, so I’ll have him come off high pick’n’rolls or operating off the elbow, the wing, or the low post. Certainly one thing that's gone by the wayside is time for video games. He's a five-star currently ranked as the #19 overall recruit in the '20 class by the 247Sports Composite. 1 small forward in the Class of 2020, says he’s still considering six schools and is in no rush to make a decision. Arizona went 11-8-4 in division action and 17-12-4 at home in the 2019-20 season. They’re cool to look at, and you kind of get to see the work you put in on a piece of paper but honestly there are thousands of kids out there who are really good but they don’t have the publicity because maybe they don’t have the money to get in these tournaments. As he talks, Ziaire has  a rubber blue wristband on it with the "DaneStrong" on it. They give tremendous support. When I was a little kid, I’d always tell myself ‘why aren’t I ranked? I went to watch his team play last year (his freshman year) because I trained one of his teammates. I have a bunch of friends already committed to college, so I get tips from them. ", There are certainly traits he inherited from both parents in the eyes of Fields-Williams. The thing I love about this school is that no one really cares that I’m somewhat of a decent basketball player. It wasn’t just me. My earliest memory of his playing was at six years old playing for the local YMCA," she says. My mom, she’s hard on me about grades as well, but other than my dad there’s no one else (in my family) who really played basketball. His grandparents are up there (Notre Dame’s Wall of Honor inside the gymnasium’s lobby where names like Jamie Dixon are also included), they’ve contributed so much to the school. There is no question Ziaire's biggest asset in keeping perspective as the whirlwind of college basketball recruiting is the relationship he has with his parents. He is a Five-star recruit who has received several offers fro the NCAA Division I programs. I remember everything, so it was when LeBron scored like 25 points in a row in that playoff game against the Pistons. They had (Duke commit) Vernon Carey. I feel accepted. Ziaire's mother, Marquita Fields-Williams, also notes the significant early chapters in the bond between her boy and Dr. Naismith's game. " ", Ziaire also focused in on hoops so early, he does have a curiosity about how he'd fare in other sports, one in particular. I love to hang out with friends and I just can’t do it as much as I used to be able to do it because I’m always playing basketball and practicing. I'd like to add something foul but I'll keep it clean. Zaire Wade has decided to suit up for Brewster Academy next season. He’s skilled enough to be successful in all those areas and his big improvement has been figuring out how to use his height and length on the low block. 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