It’s been 479 days since Mike Boynton has landed a high school prospect, but that clock can reset.
Quion Williams, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound guard from Mansfield, Texas, announced his commitment to Oklahoma State on Wednesday. He chose OSU over offers from Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Houston, Ole Miss, TCU, Cincinnati, Kansas State, Georgia and others.
“It was the best fit for me,” Williams told PFB. “When I was first picking up my offers, everybody was recruiting me to be a wing. Oklahoma State started recruiting me as a guard. So, they trust me to put the ball in my hands and make plays for my teammates. That’s a big reason.”
Williams is a long, two-way guard who gets praised for his motor. Offensively, he is at his best when attacking the basket, and he can guard multiple positions defensively with his size and length.
A late riser in the 2022 class, Williams’ stock started taking off in late June when he showed out at a showcase event. After putting up 22 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four blocks in a game, Williams picked up offers from Oklahoma State, Ole Miss and Georgia.
Without a ton of opportunities for exposure last year because of the pandemic, Williams entered April with just one offer, to Troy. But once coaches got on the road again, that quickly changed.
Brandon Jenkins, a 247Sports recruiting analyst, evaluated Williams in June.
“Williams has been of the biggest stock risers in the summer of 2021. Playing as hard as he possibly can each time he laces them up is the standard for him. He simply has one of the highest motors in all of high school basketball. Couple that with his strength, toughness, and elite athleticism and you have a high volume rebounder with a matching activity level. Williams has the physical toughness to be an excellent rebounder and defender at the high major level, however, his overall upside is in his ability to pass, dribble, and shoot. He is capable of doing all but if he will evolve in those areas once he learns how to play at more than one speed and understands pace. The bottom line is Williams’ length, body type, and crazy motor will make him a productive glue guy that complements other great players around him. However, continued attention to detail on his perimeter skillset could change his trajectory as a player and would ultimately pay off in the long run.”
Because of the limited time for exposure, Williams isn’t (yet) the highly touted four- or five-star recruit OSU fans will be accustomed to Boynton landing, but his offer list shows that will likely change. Williams is the No. 174 player in the 2022 class, according to the 247Sports composite system.
Mike Boynton’s 2021 class consisted of four players from the transfer portal. OSU hasn’t added a high school commitment since Donovan Williams pledged to be a Poke on April 13, 2020.
OSU might have only one scholarship to give in the 2022 class, as Isaac Likekele is the only counting senior at this time. However, with the possibilities of transfers or players like Avery Anderson, Moussa Cisse, Kalib Boone and Bryce Thompson going to play professionally that number could increase significantly.