Oklahoma Head Coach Kelvin Sampson must have liked what he saw in Southern Idaho's 6-3 combo guard Jaison Williams last month at the Region 18 Tournament.
Sampson, who watched Williams play on March 5 in CSI's quarterfinal round victory over North Idaho College, hasn't offered the Xavier University transfer a scholarship yet.
But according to CSI Head Coach Guy Beach, that offer could come next weekend when Williams arrives in Norman, Okla., for his official visit. Williams is expected to be at Oklahoma from Apr. 11-13.
"If Oklahoma offers, that's where he's going," Beach said. "But I think there's a good chance that they will offer him on his visit if everything goes well."
Williams lived in Colorado prior to enrolling at Xavier last year, but his family has since moved to Virginia. So he's very familiar with the Big 12 from living in Rocky Mountian territory.
JUCO Junction recently reported that West Virginia was making a strong late run at Williams, and that was confirmed this week when Jaison tripped to Morgantown from March 30 through Apr. 1. Last month, Mountaineer Head Coach John Beilein paid a visit to Twin Falls in his pursuit of Williams.
Of course, if something does fall through with the Oklahoma scenario, West Virginia will be there waiting, along with Fresno State and Oregon State. Those latter two programs were identified by Beach as showing serious interest in Williams.
Williams averaged 14.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists for the Golden Eagles in 2002-2003. Southern Idaho finished the year at 26-6 and was eliminated from the Region 18 Tournament semis by Utah Valley State College back on March 7.
JUCO Junction is following the Williams situation closely, and should any new information break, we'll let you know via another story.