Williams to visit Arizona

One of the nation's top basketball recruits, 6-8 forward Marvin Williams from Bremerton (HS), Wash., was a guest on "Cat Tracks on the Air" Wednesday night. During the interview, Williams talked about his upcoming visit to the UA campus, plus two other planned trips.

Williams, who will make his official visit to the University of Arizona this weekend (May 30 – June 1), discussed a few of the issues he will focus on when it comes to making a decision on a school.

"I first want to check out each of the schools from an education standpoint," Williams said. "I like Arizona's tradition and they have a great coach, but there are a lot of other factors and I just want to find a place that fits me best."

In addition to the Wildcats, Williams has garnered much attention from the University of North Carolina and University of Washington. He also confirmed that Oregon and Kansas are still being considerationed.

With scheduled visits to Washington on June 6, and North Carolina on June 13, he is also placing great emphasis on the amount of television exposure each team gets, as well as how close he'd be to his father's family in North Carolina.

"You see these teams like North Carolina and Arizona on TV a lot and that's a big thing to consider," Williams commented. "I've also grown up in Washington and my dad's family has never seen me play. It would be nice for them to get that chance."

These early visits to schools stem more from a desire to focus on life during his final year in high school and less on an early time table to decide where he'll play his college ball.

"Next year is my senior year in high school and I don't want to start it off by being gone a lot," Williams said. "I might take a couple of visits later on in the fall, but I just want to be able to focus on school."

At 6-8, Williams is listed at the combo-forward position, but also has the ability to bring the ball up court and play more of a wing forward for most teams. In the process he's drawn a lot of comparisons to current superstars. Despite this, he just wants to develop his own game and get as much time on the court as possible.

"Hopefully I don't play exactly like anyone," Williams said. "I work on improving all parts of my game and developing my own game. As far as the positions, it doesn't really matter. I'll play wherever."

While he's seen quite a number of talented recruits leap from the preps to the NBA, Williams seems uncertain about whether that would be a decision that fits him best at this point.

"To be honest I really don't know. I don't focus on it much and I think I want to go to college. But only God knows what will happen after next year," Williams said.

Listen to the interview with Williams from Cat Tracks on the Air (5/28/03) CLICK HERE.

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