Arizona is looking to score big with the class of 2017 and they are going right to the top. Billy Preston is a 6’10 small forward that is extremely versatile and has NBA potential. He already possesses NBA size, length, and presence on the court for his position.
Preston is currently one of the top ranked players in the 2017 class. He has received so many high level offers that he has recently trimmed his list to 13, with Arizona making the cut.
Preston took a trip to U of A during Christmas break with Coach Book Richardson being his lead recruiter. It was on campus where he inquired about the history of the phrase “Bear Down” and he enjoyed learning about the tradition of Arizona Athletics.
At 6’10, Preston is a point forward that can bring the ball down, hit a mid range jumper, score at all 3 levels and can finish with ease at the rim.
Preston has a flair for the highlight reel and likes to use his spin move to create space in the lane, something you do not seen often from a player of his size. He creates mismatches with his inside and outside game and his post presence is steadily developing as well.
Preston is really the perfect fit in Sean Miller’s system as the designated “Phoenix Pusher.” Coach Miller loves for his defensive rebounders to initiate the break themselves, a la Stanley Johnson.
Originally from Santa Ana, California, Preston has built a close relationship with Johnson over the years. He has a lot of respect for the former U of A standout.
“Stanley is a different type of animal. I was going to enroll with him at Mater Dei High School. He was like my big brother. I admired his work ethic and always wanted to play like him,” Preston told PGU.
While there is still a long way to go in the recruiting process for the highly sought after Preston, the future looks very bright for this top recruit. He is looking for a school that will help him reach his goal of playing at the next level.
“I don’t want to just go pro, I want to be a standout. Most players are good with just making it. I want to make it and last, and show everyone who I am,” he said.