Vincent Edward Mendoza
Billy Preston, out of Dallas, TX, is a 6’9 220 pound wing that will solidify himself as one of the premier players in the 2017 class and is a top 10 talent with 5 stars next to his name.
When telling PGU about his game Preston said, “I like to attack the basket. I’m really versatile so I’m just working on getting every part of my game strong.” Already known for his ability to pull-up and knock down the jump shot from anywhere on the court Preston is still looking to improve on that aspect. “My jumper is there but it can always improve but definitely attacking the basket is what I like to do.”
Offensively, Preston likes to get others involved by driving and kicking the ball out to the open man. He is able to use his speed and his size to overpower smaller defenders on his way to athletic dunks in transition and in traffic as well. Scoring from all three levels is something that he can already do.
With the size that Preston possesses he is not hard to point out. Physically imposing, he looks like a man amongst boys as his body is physically more mature than most as he uses it to his advantage not only on offense but defense as well. “Defensively I’ve gotten a lot better and a lot quicker. I feel like I can guard every position from the 1-5. Me being versatile and working on my footwork plays a big part in my defense.”
Even with his size he can dribble the ball like a guard and make all the passes and college coaches think the same as they have compared him to former players at the respective schools such as Kansas, Arizona, UCLA, ASU, UCONN, SMU, SDSU and Baylor. “Most of the schools that are recruiting me have had a great player come out of them and that plays a big role in my decision.”
When asked what is most important Preston told PGU, “The coach has to have a great relationship with the current players. The team has to be good too. I don’t think that it can just be one thing it’s the whole program, the coach, the team, the school overall. Its not just one specific thing.”
Even though the 5 star forward is highly touted he has no plans to take the recruitment process to the next level as of yet. “I want to concentrate on my game first before I really get into it.” Although Preston has unofficially visited Baylor, Kansas and Texas A&M he looks to carry his recruitment well into his senior season. “I haven’t planned anything but I plan on some visits for next year but the recruiting process is going good.”
Starting his high school career in California, Preston has since moved to Dallas, TX to attend Prime U and PGU asked about location of a college and if that would play any role in his decision. “It doesn’t. I don’t have a preference on a school’s location. I just want to go where I see its best for me and it could be across the country it doesn’t matter. If it’s good for me then I’m there.”