BRANDON WILLIAMS TURNAROUND STORY – BATTLING RANKINGS THROUGHOUT RECOVERY PROCESS TO REGAIN HIGH DEMAND IN THE CLASS OF 2018

Its not often you find a player that exemplifies a professional attitude on and off the court at such a young age, and that is what you have in five star point guard Brandon Williams. I began covering Brandon in the summer of 2015, and with so much explosion I saw hunger in one of the youngest under the radar point guards at that time in Southern California. Though, the glimpse was short, and Brandon was off to compete for a State title run with teammate and friend Deanthony Melton in the Mission League which propelled Brandon onto the 2016 California Supreme 17U EYBL Roster the following year. With a supporting cast of division 1 notable prospects such as Deandre Ayton, Brandon McCoy, Jordan Schakel, Ethan Thompson, and a host of younger talent and division one players like Justin Sueing at Cal; all the way down to the late Ryse Williams who’s story will live on forever through this group of young men in the spring and summer of 2016. Brandon’s first taste of live action came early in the morning considering the travel from California to Brooklyn New York put the club three hours ahead, and their first competition being an 8:00am game against hometown team Albany City Rocks. Brandon got off to a impressive start showing range from the three point line, and the ability to run the offense and get teammates involved with no practices as a full group prior to this opening game. Brandon looked poised, and as hungry as the young man that I saw a year before in 2015. Still, not yet rated or receiving a lot of college attention. The very next contest was against Brooklyn hometown PSA Cardinals, that was loaded with Division 1A and professional talent for another midday showdown between New York and California. However, this games wasn’t like any of the others that I saw. The long range jumpers from Ethan Thompson held Supreme in most of the game, and a early surge by Brandon McCoy. Ultimately, PSA Cardinals would finish of with the win, and California Supreme would finish the weekend in Brooklyn loaded with talent 1-2. This of course played a huge role in the story of the season, as well as the growth of this group. I remember in between games I spoke with Brandon’s Father about the level of competition in the EYBL, and how Brandon faired in his first session on the road against great National competition. I remember the conversation, and it was very brief as the concerns came and faded as if Brandon should play his age group at 16U or stick it out with this monster of a season ahead of him to prepare for what was yet to come at the next level and beyond. I believe we both understood what was at stake in recruiting, and playing on that big of a stage, and going down to playing with guys in his class. The decision to stick it out and trust the process lead to one of the greatest single season runs as a point guard that I’ve seen in my time covering AAU basketball. Brandon exploded in Indianapolis Indiana in the EYBL Session #2 in the 2016 season and the rest was history. Competing against the top guards in the nation who many were a class ahead of him landed Brandon a slew of Division 1A high major offers, as well as a five star ranking. The team finished the season  in the Final four out of 40 plus Nike Programs Nationwide under his leadership at the guard position primarily playing on the ball and getting guys going all around him, and on any given moment being able to explode for 30 points. Brandon seemed to have turned a corner and his future looking bright.

As the season ended Brandon would soon find out that he would have to undergo surgery and restore blood flow to a particular part of his knees so that they would function properly in the long run and not cause of swelling. The disease is known as Adventitial cystic. This was the beginning of what would be Brandon’s turnaround story, and how to overcome through the hardships that an athlete may face around every corner of their athletic playing career. Brandon had already solidified on a national scale where he stood amongst the class, and eventually signed a financial agreement to commit to Arizona. Though, the scholarship was there, and Brandon had proven so much. The unfortunate side of rankings are they’re all done by numbers, and when you’re not producing them your rankings can often slip drastically. In Brandon’s case unjustifiably so as he watched from the sideline as a junior unable to compete in the spring and summer of 2017 as other touted prospects earned their keep by producing similar to the year he had prior. The patience it took for Brandon to finish his surgery, and enter a rigorous recovery process, while taking care of his academic commitments watching others in his class benefit from their offseason was the mark of a true warrior and champion. With anyone naturally frustration would settle in, and take over the mind. However, in Brandon’s case I believe it fueled it. As the recovery process ended, and Brandon entered his senior year I came out to visit his team in Cerritos and Brandon was very limited in minutes as the re introduction process to getting his feet back under him. The nigh it all switched in front of my eyes as a reporter was against league rival Alemany where Brandon looked like the hungry, humbled, and poised guard I saw back in 2015 almost three years later. Just like that Brandon was back in full swing, and finished with 37 points and a win. After the game I interviewed Brandon about the recovery process and he said “I wouldn’t trade my parents for anything in the world. They’ve really been by my side every step of the process”. This stood out to me because in a era where athletes are often times defined by rankings not Brandon Williams. Brandon Williams is defined by his work ethic, his story, his play, and his love for his family. Truly a standup individual. I believe I saw throughout this entire process Brandon’s ranking dropped down to many different things, and in my mind I knew that they made a mistake. Brandon went on to finish his senior year with 756 total points with many high scores:

52 vs Alemany

43 vs Chino Hills

37 vs Alemany

37 vs Harvard

36 vs Chaminade

32 vs West Linn

32 vs Southridge

31 vs St John Bosco

31 vs Chaminade

31 vs Loyola

30 vs Notre Dame

29 vs Santa Margarita

29 vs Jesuit

Brandon ultimately regained his place within his class post injury, and truly is an example of how young student athletes have to prosper even through the ranking rollercoaster. To not allow those factors to manipulate the process. After recently de-committed from Arizona Brandon is arguably the best point guard in the country pound for pound, and back in high demand for the class of 2018.

California Supreme Elite Basketball Program will host its season open tryouts for the Spring/Summer 2018 Travel Season: ALL LEVELS 15U, 16U, and 17U: MARCH 10th, 2018 AT SANTA MONICA COLLEGE

California Supreme 16U EYBL finished in Peach Jam last season going 22-6 featuring some of the Nations best 16U talent many whom have gone to garner Nation accolades, scholarships, and relationships that will last a lifetime. We will travel and compete on the EYBL 16U.

California Supreme as a program is anticipating having two teams at every level, and this 17U Select team will return players and looking to add student athletes class of 2019 and 2020 who are looking to compete and earn a college scholarship. Travel season is a very long season. How you start is not how you will finish and that is the process. #TheProcess our Elite teams will travel to Vegas with a potential stop during the live viewing period in Dallas, Indy, Atlanta, etc depending on travel commitment. Tryouts will be March 10th & 11th.

15U EYBL IS our programs Freshmen team that will also travel and compete on the EYBL ALL LEVEL TRYOUTS FOR MARCH 10TH.

Caleb “Cayewoo” Christopher Double Double Senior Night 2018 | Presented by Partner Supreme Network TV @SupremeNetworkTV_

The Second stop on Supreme Network Tv’s station is the home of The Christopher Brothers; The Mayfair Monsoons taking on the Cerritos Dons in Caleb Christophers Senior Night where he had a double double, and lead his team to a victory alongside his younger brother the highly touted Josh Christopher. Caleb has an official offer from Northridge, and is also being recruited by Georgetown, UTEP, Colorado, San Francisco, Weber State, and Portland state. Caleb is a guard in the class of 2018, and coming on strong heading into the CIF Playoff picture. This is a Supreme Network TV Exclusive: INSTAGRAM: @SUPREMENETWORKTV_

Ball out or Fall Out TOP HS Tournament: (California Supreme Basketball)

California Supreme at the end of each season sends countless student athletes back to their High School programs all through out California after the end to a productive spring, and summer; Program Director and Founder Gary Franklin and staff constructed the “Ball out or Fall Out” Top HS Basketball tournament featuring programs such as: Serra, Westchester, Santa Monica, Crossroads, Long Beach Poly, and Mater Dei. Along with other top High School Programs in Southern California “Ball out or Fall Out” was a successful preseason HS Tournament featuring a lot of top level Prospects for the classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020. For more information on our program visit:

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Christopher Brothers and Kenyon Martin Jr. face off in Jordan Take Flight Challenge 2018

California Supreme was well represented in the 2018 TakeFlight challenge this Saturday and Cerritos College. Seniors Shareef O’Neal, Tevian Jones, Cyrus Johnson, and Caleb Christopher; as well as a host of juniors and Sophomores took the floor to compete in this one day showcase. This film is California Supreme student athletes now at their respective High Schools competing against each other. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON OUR PROGRAM VISIT:

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California Supreme/Crespi HS Brandon Williams scores 37 pts vs League Rival Alemany and Thanks his Parents 2018

Brandon Williams rated in 2017 a five star student athlete finishing in the Peach Jam Nike Final Four, and coming off a state title run with Crespi High School along side fellow Cal Supreme and Crespi Alumni DeAnthony Melton. Brandon Williams now leads the Celts this season, and is as Brandon recovers from taking a year off of athletic competition to get healthy he looks poised and running on all cylinders in his senior campaign recently signing his financial agreement to attend Arizona in the Pac 12 Conference. Brandon Williams is arguable one of the best guards in the country under 18, and in this league rival opener against Alemany he effortless scores 37 points. From getting teammates involved, jump shooting, and finishing at the basket with both hands Williams will make immediate impact at Arizona for the class of 2018. Follow us on social media:

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BEFORE THE VIEWS: CALIFORNIA SUPREME MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM 2017

California Supreme each year begins at the grassroots level of basketball with its 12U, and 13U; which traditionally is the beginning of the journey towards transitioning into a 4 year High School Program being in the 7th and 8th grade. The goal each year is to build these young men up, and teach them the game of basketball and mentorship through teamwork and competitive competition towards enrolling into a High School. This video “Before the Views” features one of California Supreme’s stand out student athletes this fall season speaking about his experience, and some gameplay of what the fall league represented. Many times people overlook the grassroots development, and a lot of pressure from hype comes after student athletes begin receiving offers from colleges. It is then that there is a relentless effort made to generate content, and a lot of media attention that unfortunately has dwarfed trusting “The Process”, and truly staying in-tune with the development and those influential people that have been there every step of the way.

 

FIVE STARS SHAREEF O’NEAL, AND BRANDON WILLIAMS SIGN FINANCIAL AGREEMENTS WITH ARIZONA WILDCATS C/O 2018

California Supreme Basketball would like to announce the signing of a pair of So Cal Five Star Prospects in Shareef O’Neal (Wing), and Brandon Williams (Point Guard) to Arizona. Both now beginning the first step to the process of enrolling on a college campus by signing their financial agreements with the University. Both Shareef and Brandon visited Arizona officially, and have both expressed the loyalty of Arizona throughout their recruiting process. These two young prospects have been a pleasure to have in the program, and will truly be missed not just for their athletic ability but who they’re as people.

BRANDON WILLIAMS: CRESPI HS

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SHAREEF O’NEAL: CROSSROADS HS

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LEGEND SHAQUILLE O’NEAL COACHES CALIFORNIA SUPREME 17U EYBL TO A PLATINUM BRACKET CHAMPIONSHIP 2017 – BIGFOOT HOOPS LAS VEGAS, NV


Program Director/Founder Gary Franklin with Shaquille O’Neal and son Shareef O’Neal [LEFT],
and California Supreme Alumni Solomon Hill [Right] Following Championship.

California Supreme had the privilege of having Shaquille O’Neal give his time, and join the staff in the final tournament of the 2017 season; which also happened to be (son) Shareef O’Neal’s final AAU tournament of his career. The team finished with the BigFoot Hoops 17U Platinum Bracket Championship in a win over hometown Las Vegas Prospects of the the EYBL. Also, joining the Supreme staff in Vegas, NV was a pair of first round NBA draft picks in 2000 #1 Overall pick Kenyon Martin Sr., and first round pick #23 Overall in the 2013 NBA Draft Solomon Hill. Between these three first round draft picks that added years of a experience at a high level to a dynamic coaching staff provided just the atmosphere that was needed to get these young men over the top, and cap off such a memorable season. The Goal in the summer for California Supreme is to continue to develop the underclassmen who prepare to enter their next High School Season and early recruitment, and really help our juniors and unsigned seniors get opportunities for College Scholarships.

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#RYSEUP – CALIFORNIA SUPREME TRIBUTE TO RYSE WILLIAMS

California Supreme would like to honor Ryse Williams who tragically fell ill, and passed away before his High School Graduation. Ryse was loved by many, for his spirt on and off the court. Ryse was awarded a full athletic Scholarship to Loyola Marymount University, and his life will forever live on throughout the basketball community. #RYSEUP

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