Men's Basketball Inks Teammates to NLI

Nov. 15, 2012

SAN DIEGO - San Diego State men's basketball head coach Steve Fisher today announced the signing of Dakarai Allen and D'Erryl Williams to National Letters of Intent. The Sacramento Sheldon High teammates will step foot on campus for the 2013-14 academic year.

"We are very excited about Dakarai and D'Erryl joining the Aztec family," Fisher said. "It is rare to recruit, let alone sign, two players from the same school. They are childhood friends and that will bode well for them and for us. They are quality young men that will fit into our style of play on the court and will be an asset for San Diego State."

Allen, who checks in at 6-5, 175, is considered the top defender in the 2013 class and is a four-star recruit, according to ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com. He inks with the Aztecs as one of the top players nationally, coming in at No. 67 by Scout.com, No. 80 on MaxPreps' Class of 2013 Top 100, No. 90 on the ESPN 100, and No. 108 on the Rivals 150.

"Dakarai is a versatile, athletic, tough-minded player, who will provide us with the offensive and defensive traits we have been successful with," Fisher said. "He can score in a variety of ways and can guard multiple positions."

The eighth-best player according to ESPN.com in talent-rich California, Allen enjoyed a junior campaign in which he averaged 14.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.6 steals and 2.1 blocks for a Sheldon team that reached the CIF Division I state championship game and finished with a 29-6 record.

Williams, meanwhile, is also set to head south after signing his NLI with SDSU. The 6-3, 190-pound left-handed point guard is a three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com. ESPN also considers him the 19th-best player in California and the 35th-best in the region.

"D'Erryl is a leader," Fisher said. "He is a cerebral point guard who brings size to the position. He is also someone who can play a variety of perimeter positions. He brings intelligence, leadership and a winning background with him."

A year ago with Allen as a running mate, Williams averaged 14.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 3.0 steals during Sheldon's run to the state title game. At season's end, Williams was named the 2011-12 Sacramento Bee Player of the Year.