Terrence Williams update

Terrence Williams is a 6-6, 205-pound point guard from Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach, and Williams poured in 23 points and collected 10 rebounds for Beach in their 69-56 win over Timberline in the Class 3A boys quarterfinals Thursday night. The Vikings play Meadowdale Friday in the semis, with a potential rematch with O'Dea in the state finals Saturday.

Terrence is averaging 14 points, 7.6 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game for head coach Mike Bethea. "I can see the floor very well and coaches say I'm a great leader on the floor," Williams told Dawgman.com when asked about his strengths. "I've improved in being more of a leader and understanding what the strengths and weaknesses of the team are.

He's played with some pretty big-time players, like Nate Robinson, the Stewart twins and C.J. Giles. "I'm always going to be a leader in my own way, so it's not like I'm going out to try to prove something to somebody when it just comes natural to me," Terrence said about his style. "It's easier because I'm doing the same thing they are doing too, so the other guys, the little guys, they are going to follow along. So it's actually easier having those kind of guys around."

Is he a talker or doer? "I'm both," said Williams. "If you mess up I'm going to get on you, but I'm also going to encourage you. But first, I can't get on anybody if I'm messing up myself so I have to make sure I'm always on my p's and q's, doing what I need to be doing so when the time comes I can help someone else out."

Hoops isn't Terrence's only love, as he will play football this fall. Terrence plays receiver and safety for head coach Mark Haley. "When I was little I liked football more than I liked basketball," Williams said. "It's a fun sport. But it's not my future."

He'll be trying Long Jump for the first time this spring. How about vertical jump? "Coach said it's a little - a little - over 40 (inches)," Terrence said.

Williams will be playing with Marcus Williams and Garrison Carr, among others, on the Seattle Rotary Select team this summer.

Terrence had the Arizona Wildcats as his early leader when thinking about college, but it sounds now like he's interested in exploring options. "I'm more open now toward everybody now," he said. "I did have a leader before, but everybody's on the same page. It's like a race, but nobody's winning right now."

Recruiting interest is coming hardest from Arizona, North Carolina, Gonzaga, Washington and Kansas.

And scholarship offers? "If you consider a team that says they will take me right now as a scholarship offer, it's Gonzaga, UW and Arizona," said Williams.

The home school has piqued Terrence's interest. "A lot of people have been calling me, asking me what I think about them," he said. "They are making me take note, whether I want to or not. They are making you take note because they have a coach that won't quit on you. They started out 0-5 and now they are second in the Pac-10. It shows they have heart and they have coaches that won't quit on you. It shows that if you go to a program like UW, you're going to a program that won't give up on you. And that's a good thing.

"I basically know the whole team. Marcus (Williams) and I went out to a couple of their shoot-arounds and just hung out and watched. A couple of their players I played against in high school (Brandon Burmeister and Hans Gasser)."

Terrence Williams Profile

CAT TRACKS' ANALYSIS: Williams does not have an official offer from the Wildcats, but they are more than aware of him. He favors the Cats, but is being held off a bit as they pursue Mario Chalmers.

Reports had him visiting this weekend, but that is not the case.

Expect the Cats to remain in constant contact with him. He could be a great option and is a very versatile player.


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