Poston Butte vs. Phoenix Thunderbird

Poston Butte’s Quest Williams soars to the hoop as Thunderbird’s Dominic Hill attempts a block during a 4A play-in round game Feb. 14 in Phoenix.

SAN TAN VALLEY — Like everyone else, Quest Williams’ future plans have been put on hold.

The Poston Butte senior has yet to sign with a school to play college basketball, although he has a verbal commitment with SAGU American Indian College in Phoenix.

He also has interest in University of La Verne, a Division III school in the Los Angeles suburb of La Verne, California.

He’s also considering schools in Arizona, Oregon and California. He hopes he can play in summer tournaments where more college coaches can see him.

“I’m trying to play in some tournaments in July,” Williams said. “So hopefully around there, I can make a decision.”

In a normal world, Williams would’ve been preparing for his high school graduation while playing in basketball tournaments this summer. Instead, those opportunities have been lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and now he’s wondering if coaches will get a chance to see him play this summer.

“A lot of coaches wanted to come out and still watch me play in the summer, so this is my last opportunity for other coaches to come out and watch me play,” he said. “I’m hoping for [tournaments to resume in July] so I can get a few more looks before I’m able to make my final decision.”

As a senior, Williams was named the 2019-20 PinalCentral Boys Basketball Player of the Year after averaging 23 points per game along with 4.9 rebounds while leading the Broncos to a 15-12 record and a spot in the 4A play-in round. He also became just the third player in school history to eclipse 1,000 points in a career.

“That was my most special moment,” he said. “There’s only two other people that have done that before me, so that was really cool to be among that group of kids.”

Whatever college he chooses, Williams said he wants to pursue a degree in physical therapy or sports management so he can still be close to sports.

He added that like the rest of the high school and college seniors of the Class of 2020, he’s sad about not having a graduation ceremony or attending prom.

“I wanted to walk across the stage ever since I first stepped into the hallways of the school,” he said. “I went to prom last year and it wasn’t really that fun, but I thought it would be more fun this year, so I was looking forward to it as well.”

Williams would prefer an in-person graduation as opposed to a virtual one that many schools are considering due to the virus outbreak.

“I would want to be with my friends one last time before we all go our separate ways,” he said. “I know some of my friends are going to different states. I would rather be together one last time instead of doing that [virtually].”

Williams is satisfied with how his senior season unfolded.

“I’m happy with the way we went out,” he said. “I wanted to go a little bit farther with playoffs, but we lost early. My main goal before the season started, I told my parents and everyone that I was going to take us to the playoffs this year. That was my main goal. It didn’t matter if we won or lost, I just wanted all of our seniors to say that they played in the playoffs one last time.”