One of the best remaining prospects left on the board, Billy Preston has come to a final decision with his college recruitment. A super talented and skilled forward that is best used with the ball in his hands out on the perimeter, Preston made it official by committing to Kansas.
A 6-foot-8 forward blessed with a polished skillset and great upside in front of him, Preston is someone that can take over a game on the scoreboard. While the five-star recruit is much more perimeter based in transitioning solely into the small forward position, there will never be any doubting of the general skillset and talent base from the Oak Hill Academy product.
After transferring into the prestigious program based in Virginia this fall, the former Prime Prep star has had some doubters in the past over whether he would or would not attend college in the fall of 2017. While the debate will continue on, Kansas is expected to become the giant benefactor of it all if he does end up suiting up on a college hardwood.
One time perceived as a heavy lean towards USC, Preston is just what was needed by the Jayhawks. Expecting the early departures of Carlton Bragg and Josh Jackson in the spring, Preston should be the perfect replacement for the future pros. Capable of taking his man off the bounce and scoring through contact at the basket due to his mature physique, knocking down open jump shots, and remaining a presence on the weakside glass, the Oak Hill star can be a major issue for his opponents within the half-court setting.
While he does have to show that he can post his man up in enjoying the mismatch abilities that he presents, there still is a lot of production felt from Preston. On the Nike circuit this past summer, the Houston Hoops product averaged over 14 points off of 51-percent shooting from the field, seven rebounds with three coming on the offensive end, and two assists, displaying capable playmaking skills at the next level.
The second commitment in the 2017 for the Jayhawks, Preston joins already committed and signed combo guard Marcus Garrett in creating strong, two-man group headed into the winter. Don’t expect for the Big 12 blueblood to sit still as they remain in the hunt for a load of other top tier recruits and will likely add at least one or two of the group that consists of Kevin Knox, Trevon Duval, Jarred Vanderbilt, and Trae Young.