When Brandon Williams signed with the Arizona Wildcats in November, he inked non-binding financial aid paperwork that gives him an out if the UA program crumbles because of its involvement in a recruiting bribery and corruption probe (or any other reason).
So the fear is that one day the 2018 point guard could have a change of heart and decide to take his talents to another school, leaving the Wildcats — who are hardly recruiting anyone these days — in the wake.
But maybe it’s not other schools Arizona needs to be worried about — it’s the new Junior Basketball Association run by Lavar Ball and the Big Baller Brand.
The JBA has invited Williams to join the league, and Williams told Tipton Edits — an account that designs graphics for recruits — that he will consider it.
“I’m keeping all my options open,” he reportedly said.
Big Baller Brand has contacted Arizona Signee Brandon Williams about joining their new basketball league, the JBA. Williams has told me: “I will be considering it. I'm keeping all my options open.” pic.twitter.com/u8wCkAeIBL— TIPTON EDITS (@TiptonEdits) February 2, 2018
If you are unfamiliar with the JBA, it’s a pro league developed and funded by Big Baller Brand that is supposed to launch this summer, and would be an alternative route for high school players who do not want to go to college — similar to the NBA G League.
Player salaries will reportedly range from $3,000 to $10,000 a month, and the league is slated to consist of eight teams with 80 players in total.
That sounds like like something that could entice high school kids, but it hasn’t.
BBB reportedly invited dozens of players through direct messages, and nearly all of them turned them down.
Except two: Williams and USC’s Elijah Weaver.
While the JBA is supposed to launch this summer, it appears it still has ways to go before it becomes a thing, like finding venues to play in and, of course, players who are willing to sign.
So Arizona fans probably shouldn’t worry about losing Williams to it right now, but it could be a viable threat down the road.
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