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Arizona high school sports digest: Perry has two 5-star recruits – The Arizona Republic

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Perry’s Williams, Peat collect 5 stars

For the first time in Gilbert Perry boys basketball coach Sam Duane Jr.’s storied career, he has two five-star recruits on the same team. 

Cody Williams, a 6-foot-8 wing, who is comfortable playing lead guard, is ranked No. 14 in the nation in the 2023 ESPN 100. He is one spot ahead of AZ Compass Prep 6-7 senior Mookie Cook, who is committed to Oregon.

 Koa Peat, a 6-8 forward, is ranked No. 3 nationally in the 2025 ESPN 25. Yes, he’s only a sophomore, although it seems like Peat has been around a while. He was the difference maker, a defensive force, in the final two games of the 6A state tournament, leading the Pumas to their first state basketball title. Then, this summer, he played a big role on the USA Basketball gold-winning Under 17 team in Spain.

Williams, the brother of NBA rookie Jalen Williams, has been on a meteoric rise since last season ended, playing well in elite summer showcases, including one that included a head-to-head matchup against LeBron James’ son, Bronny

Williams recently listed his top eight colleges: Arizona, Colorado, UCLA, LSU, USC, LMU, Georgia Tech and Santa Clara (brother Jalen’s alma mater).

Duane has coached the likes of Jalen Williams at Perry and Martin Bagley III at Tempe Corona del Sol. But he said he never had two five-stars on the same team.

“Their success comes from their tremendous work ethic,” Duane said of Cody Williams and Peat. “They both had tremendous summers. 

“What is special about them is, with all the accolades they have earned, they are about the team and winning. They are very unselfish teammates and they are great role models on campus.”

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