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Cody Williams is the new No. 1 in the 2023 On3 150 update

On3 imageby:Jamie Shaw03/07/23


On3 updated the 2023 On3 150 on Tuesday, and Colorado signee Cody Williams is the new No. 1 player in the class. Williams is a 6-foot-7 wing from Gilbert (Ariz.) Perry High.

Williams committed to Colorado in early November and signed with the Buffaloes during the early signing period. He chose Colorado over a final group that also included Loyola Marymount, LSU, Southern California, Santa Clara, Arizona, and others.

Let’s explore why the upside of Cody Williams made him the new No. 1 in the 2023 On3 150.

Williams projectability

A quick look at Cody Williams, and, at 6-foot-7, you see he carries a basketball frame. He has long arms with a reported 7-foot-0 wing span. His body is also projectable, as he might still be growing; Williams entered high school as a 6-foot-2 freshman.

With that five or six inches of growth over the past couple of years, you can see that Williams has consistently improved as a player. He maintains his guard skills, able to initiate some offense in the halfcourt, and is a good team defender, sliding his feet with the upside as a switchable defender

Williams also chose a program and a coach that has had big success in developing players like Williams. A quick look at Colorado’s players currently in the NBA, Derrick White, Spencer Dinwiddie, Alec Burks, Jabari Walker, and McKinley Wright, who are all perimeter guys. If you take out Wright, they are all 6-foot-4 to 6-foot-8. Interestingly enough, none of those five current players on NBA contracts entered Colorado ranked among the top 100 players in their respective high school classes.

When you add in 6-foot-7 Tyler Bey, 6-foot-6 George King, and 6-foot-7 Andre Roberson, who also came to Colorado outside of the top 100 and left as NBA Draft picks, Tad Boyle has taken developmental players who look and/or play like Williams and developed them into guys on NBA contracts.

Williams’ genetics

Cody Williams is the younger brother of Jalen Williams, the No. 12 pick of the 2022 NBA Draft.

Out of Perry High, Jalen Williams chose Santa Clara over a host of other mid-major offers. As a freshman, Williams averaged 7.7 points. He stayed at Santa Clara for three years and developed into a lottery pick. The 6-foot-6 wing is now averaging 13.3 points and 3.1 assists as a rookie for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

While every individual player’s path is different, bloodlines are a good place to start when looking at potential outcomes.

At the end of the day…

On3’s goal with every ranking is looking toward the NBA Draft. When taking a step back to look at what Cody Williams was, what he has become, and the potential outcomes of what he could be and there is a lot there with the length, instincts, ball skills, IQ, and bloodlines that you see with On3’s new No. 1 player in the 2023 class.