Marvin Williams chooses North Carolina

Marvin Williams, one of the most sought after players in the high school class of 2004, announced his decision to play for the Tar Heels. Williams, a 6-9 combo-forward, made first-year UNC coach Roy Williams very happy, but two other coaches must move along and look for another player.

Williams said he made up his mind about a week ago and informed Roy Williams of that decision three days ago. At one time Marvin Williams was considering Kansas and when Roy Williams jumped schools it moved the Tar Heels to the front of the pack.

"(Roy Williams) was definitely a big factor, Marvin Williams said. "He's a great guy and I really like him."

Leaving his mother was difficult but Williams' father, Marvin, Sr., has family living in North Carolina and that was also a factor in his decision.

"Growing up as a kid, North Carolina was my favorite school," Williams said. "The coaches have a great program, really nice players and I do have family there."

Another difficult part of the decision was telling the the other two coaches (Lute Olson and Lorenzo Romar) that he would be not coming to their school.

"This process has been tough, but after high school I will play at the University of North Carolina," Williams said from the cafeteria at Bremerton High School. "It was very close."

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