University at Buffalo men’s basketball coach Nate Oats announced the signing of three athletes for the 2018-19 season who make up the highest-rated recruiting class in the school’s basketball history.
The early signing period for athletes in all sports except football began on Wednesday.
Rivals.com ranks the UB class as the 60th best in the nation and best among the Mid-American Conference members. UB’s class was rated ahead of such schools as West Virginia, Oklahoma, Dayton, Xavier, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma State and Arizona State.
Jeenathan Williams, a 6-foot-7 forward from Rochester, leads the class. A four-star recruit, Williams is rated the 134th best prospect coming into college next year. Williams is currently attending Prolific Prep in Napa Valley, Calif., after playing three seasons at University Prep Charter School in Rochester. He led the Griffins with 22 points a game, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 2016-17.
"Jeenathan is an extremely athletic, versatile, skilled wing player that we have built a relationship with over the last three years," said Oats. "I am extremely excited to not only get a player of Jeenathan’s caliber here at UB, but also thrilled that he decided to play close to home right here in Western New York."
The other UB signees are point guard Ronaldo "Rondo" Segu from Orlando, Fla., Another four-star recruit, Segu was ranked the 14th-best player in the state of Florida and the 38th-best point guard in the nation. He played for Orlando Christian Prep, which went 27-4 last season. Segu averaged 12.0 points and 6.0 assists.
The third player is Javion Hamlet, a 6-3 point guard from Memphis, Tenn. Hamlet is currently playing in junior college for Motlow State in Lynchburg, Tenn. He led the nation last year averaging 8.4 assists per game for Motlow. He also had two 30-point games with a high of 34 against Missouri State-West Plains.
"It was important for us to get an experienced combo guard that could score and handle the ball well and we definitely found that in Javion," said Oats. "He led the country in assists and scored nearly 16 points per game and that just speaks volumes about his ability to score and distribute. He comes from a great pedigree of guards out of the Memphis area."