Lincoln North Star junior Donovan Williams has become the first basketball player from the Lincoln Public Schools to commit to Nebraska since Jake Muhleisen (Lincoln Southeast) in 2001.
Williams, who made his announcement Tuesday, is the top rated in-state player in the 2020 class and Nebraska’s first commitment in the class.
The 6-foot-5, 190-pound guard averaged 18.3 points per game last season. He received an offer from coach Tim Miles and the Huskers on July 14 while in New York for the Adidas Gauntlet Finale.
“Nebraska did something that others didn’t,” Williams said. “They believed in me and made me a priority. They were loyal to me, and being their main priority was important to me.”
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Williams called Miles while he was vacationing in California.
“Coach Miles yelled for about five seconds,” Williams said.
Williams will now turn his attention to being a recruiter and trying to help Nebraska secure commitments.
“They see me as their main priority, and hopefully I can get some in-state players and even out-of-state players to come with me.”
The Huskers signed Platteview’s Brady Heiman in the 2018 class. NU has also offered Omaha Creighton Prep’s Akol Arop in the 2019 class and Bellevue West’s Chucky Hepburn in the 2021 class.
Williams committed to the Huskers over offers from UNO, Bradley, South Dakota, UMKC and UT Rio Grande Valley. Creighton, Iowa, Wisconsin and other high-major programs had shown interest in him. He took unofficial visits to Creighton and Wisconsin this summer.
His brother, Bryson, is a freshman nose tackle with Wisconsin football.