Edmond Santa Fe's Phoenix Bills could have stayed close to home to continue his basketball career. There are plenty of programs in the state and the region that would have welcomed a 6-foot-5 wing with a good outside shot.
In fact, Bills will pass a countless number of such schools on his way to his new home in Aptos, Calif.
That's where he'll begin his college hoops career at Cabrillo College, a two-year school in a suburb of Santa Cruz.
Bills got connected with the school through his AAU coach, Chris Myers of the Oklahoma Impact. And after that, the decision became easy.
“Besides it being right on the beach and 75 degrees every day, I really liked the coaches,” Bills said.
He's being sarcastic — sort of.
“A big thing for me was that I wanted to go to the school that wanted me the most, and I felt like they did,” he said. “To go live in California and play college basketball was a hard thing to turn down. Not a lot of kids from here get to do that.
“I would have hated to have been five years down the road wishing I would have done it.”