Recruiting Update: Williams, Washington and more

Recruiting season is heating up. The two big summer camps have not occurred yet but already pieces of the recruiting puzzle are starting to fall in place. In addition to the commitment of Randy Pulley, several other players are starting to make moves.

Darius Washington, a 6-0 combo-guard from Orlando (Edgewater HS), Fla., has been considering Arizona, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and Memphis. Reliable source indicate that Washington is ready to pull the trigger and commit to the Memphis Tigers.

Washington is seen as more of a shooting guard than a point guard, but has shown the ability to do both. The knock on Washington is that he has never seen a shot he didn't like. He loves the ball in his hands but does more to help himself than to get others involved. There is no doubt though that Washington is a phenomenal athlete and will help the Tigers or whoever gets his services.

Arizona assistant Rodney Tention is in Seattle making arrangement for a Sunday visit with Marvin Williams, a 6-8 combo-forward from Bremerton (HS), Wash. Many recruiting services consider Williams one of the top power forwards in the nation, but several scouts feel he is better suited to play on the wing. Arizona is definitely looking at Williams to fill a wing position.

The visit will actually take place at Bremerton HS on Sunday, Apr. 27 and will include his mother, Andrea Giddings and his father, Marvin, Sr. It is believed that both Tention and head coach Lute Olson will make the visit. It appears that Olson and Tention have their work cut out for them. With Roy Williams going to North Carolina, the Tar Heels are now a favorite to land Williams. Williams has long been considering both Kansas and Carolina, but a large part of his interest in the Jayhawks was Roy Williams as the KU coach. Williams' father has ties to Carolina and that makes the Tar Heels the prohibitive favorite.

Williams is still considering Kansas as well as Oregon and Washington. UCLA has also been trying to get involved, but according to Williams' mother the Bruins are on the outside looking in.

The Cats have been courting Houston point guard Nic Wise, but so has Texas. Wise will visit Austin on Thursday. Despite having not completed his freshman year, the guard's family has indicated that a commitment to either school could happen soon.

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