UCF Golden Knights
Of the four new programs, UCF is the one viewed with the toughest task of succeeding in the Big 12, mainly because they don’t have much of a history of winning in the AAC. They’ll be losing Shemarri Allen from this year’s roster but do have a solid core of Jaylin Sellers and Darius Johnson to build off of if they come back.
This would depend on Coach Johnny Dawkins coming back for another year but the Knights may be the most desperate power conference team next season. They need to take gambles on players like Williams to have any shot at winning in the new Big 12. They simply don’t have much to lose and if most top teams opt to pass, they could benefit here.
USC is in the middle of being a nationally-known program but who also can use more talent going forward, especially since they’ll be in the Big Ten after this year. As one of the hometown options, they could be a favorite if he wants to play closer to home. Of course, considering what has happened in the past, there’s a double-edged sword with that.
With Boogie Ellis gone and freshman guard Isaiah Collier almost certainly entering the NBA Draft, the Trojans are going to be rebuilding the backcourt no matter what. And if Bronny James goes pro as well, that only leaves more room for someone like Williams to not only have a big role but potentially be the lead guard that he was supposed to be out of high school. If Coach Andy Enfield is up for it, it could be a move that benefits both sides.