There was a little bit of a buzz around Burns Arena on Wednesday night at the Region 18 quarterfinals in St. George, Ut., and it had absolutely nothing to do with the host Dixie State men's program.
The Rebels didn't even suit up on Wednesday night, because they had a first round bye.
The man drawing attention in the building was none other than Oklahoma Head Coach Kelvin Sampson, who was in the building on Wednesday night to watch a specific player.
JUCO Junction has learned that the Sooner program, with the anticipated losses of three key senior guards (Hollis Price, Quannas White and Ebi Ere), is now taking a serious look at 6-3, 185 pound Southern Idaho combo guard Jaison Williams.
Williams played as a freshman at Xavier University in Ohio. He transferred to Southern Idaho in the fall, and has played a vital role in the Golden Eagles' success this winter.
Following a very solid 17 point, four assist effort in Wednesday's 83-74 CSI victory over North Idaho College, Williams told JUCO Junction that Oklahoma, Pepperdine, Oregon State and Fresno State are among the top choices on his wish list.
Previously this fall, many mid-majors were hoping to steal Williams. Programs like Boise State, Weber State, Idaho and Nevada each threw their respective hats into the ring with the well-rounded prospect.
On top of being a qualifier out of high school, Williams is a versatile guard who does a lot of things well. He's a good shooter from beyond the arc who typically plays within the flow of the offense, and he will get the ball to open teammates off dribble penetration.
Williams has yet to plan any official visits this winter, but when he does, you can be sure that JUCO Junction has all of the details. Stay tuned!