Williams talks recruiting

Marcus Williams is a 6-7, 195-pound shooting guard from Seattle (Wash.) Roosevelt, but it's a bit disingenuous to pin Williams down to one position. He can do it all, and that's the main reason Williams is making waves as a top local prospect. One school has already offered Marcus a free pass to play hoops at the D1 level, and they won't be the only one by the time he makes his college choice known.

"I think I'm a good shooter, but I have a good all-around game," Marcus told Dawgman.com when asked about his game. "I can really mix it up, inside outside. I can bring the ball up, I can dish - pass the ball out. I know I need to gain weight. That's my focus for the off-season. Working on my strength and explosiveness. But I can play from the 1 to 4.

"I don't really model my game after anybody, but I'm more of a slasher but I can still shoot the three-ball. Everyone says I'm real smooth. If I had to say I play like anyone, I think it would be Ray Allen."

Exposure is one thing Marcus doesn't have to worry about. On his own he's created enough hype to assure he'll play for free at the next level, but it hasn't hurt that the area is quietly putting together one of the better classes in recent Washington prep history. "I think the class of '05 in the state of Washington are as good a group as any in the country," Williams said, matter-of-factly. "We're all-around and balanced. Martell (Webster) is more of a three-point shooter. Me and Terrence are more slashers. We've got Mitch (Johnson), who is more of a basic, fundamentally-sound player. And then there's Jon Brockman, who's a real big banger. And Micah Downs too, who is more of a combination of a low-post player and a small forward.

Recruiting is picking up steam for Marcus, and he's enjoying every minute of it. "I'm starting to have a ball with it now," he said. "I'm talking to coaches on the phone and I'll call them too to touch base. I'm trying to nail down my top-five schools. I'd like to make a decision soon, but I'm kind of going off of how schools like me right now.

"If it's lower than I thought it was going to be, if I'm not getting offers from the schools that I wanted to get offers from, I'll wait until after the summer. But if I get everything right after the high school season is over, I'll try to get it over with right then. I'm not really in a rush, but I'm trying to get a feel for the schools. I just want to narrow it down as fast as I can."

Williams' first offer is from the University of Washington, but interest is coming hot and heavy from Texas, Florida, Connecticut and Arizona. Marcus is also talking to Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State.

"I talk to both (Lorenzo Romar and Cameron Dollar)," Marcus said when asked about the Huskies in particular. "They are telling me that they are very interested in me, they like how I can play all positions. They want me to come in and be an impact player. I can start off by playing a lot. They are telling me that they do well with player development and that they look out for the best interests of the player, which is real attractive as far as looking at schools is concerned."

Washington's latest run of victories has been paying dividends in the recruiting race, according to Williams. "A lot of people are paying attention, based on the people that I talk to," said Marcus. "I'm the one guy that goes to a lot of the home games. I try to go to all of the home games if I can. I know a lot of the players. People are noticing. I can really tell because of the fan support. I went to the Washington State game and I wasn't expecting a big crowd. Washington State's not a huge national powerhouse. I went there and it was really packed. You can tell the fans will come with winning and so will recruits. If they keep on winning, I think they'll get a lot of the local guys they are looking at."

CAT TRACKS' ANALYSIS: Williams is a very intriguing prospect. The Cats have been up to Washington to evaluate him and seem to be impressed, but at this time they like Martell Webster better at the wing.


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