Sheldon High School (Sacramento, Calif.)
may soon trot out an entire starting lineup of Division I college basketball commits.
Over the weekend, guard D'Erryl Williams
and forward/guard Darin Johnson
gave verbal pledges to play on scholarship for programs used to participating in the NCAA postseason.
Williams, The Sacramento Bee's Player of the Year last season, said he is headed to San Diego State. There he will be joined by current prep teammate Dakarai Allen
. Aztecs coach Steve Fisher already has two Sacramento-area stars in place on the roster in returning starting guard Chase Tapley
of Sacramento High and guard Xavier Thames
of Pleasant Grove in Elk Grove, a Delta River League rival of Sheldon.
Johnson, a transfer from nearby Franklin High, said he is headed to Washington. He is a powerfully built 6-foot-4 combo player who can score in the low block, hit jumpers and run the floor. He is new to Sheldon but is old friends with the players, having gone to the same elementary schools and competed on the same off-season teams for years.
Williams is a 6-3 point guard who is linebacker-tough. He played with a dislocated finger during the playoffs last season and helped power the Huskies of the Elk Grove Unified School District to their third consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship in becoming just the second public school in section history to go to a large-school state title game, falling to national power Mater Dei (Santa Ana). He averaged 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists last season.
Allen is a 6-6 wing with guard skills. The nephew of former Dallas Cowboys All-Pro lineman Larry Allen, the younger Allen is viewed as the section's top recruit. He averaged 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists last season in being named co-Player of the Year in the Delta River League with Williams.
Also being recruited for Sheldon is 6-6 shooting guard Ryan Manning
, son of former Center (Sacramento) 1988 State Division III Player of the Year Rich Manning, who played three seasons in the NBA. And Sheldon guard Armani Hampton
is also drawing recruiting interest. The 6-3 senior missed last postseason with a knee ligament tear but is expected to be back this season.
Sheldon, expected to be state-ranked and the No. 1 team in the section this season, plays host to national power and defending CIF State Division II champion Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) and All-American Aaron Gordon
on Dec. 8.
Joe Davidson has covered high schools with The Sacramento Bee since 1988. Follow him on Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD; on Facebook: sacbeepreps; and online: sacbee.com/preps; and radio podcasts: ESPN1320.net.