Williams frustrated with Arizona

Just a week ago it seemed as if Arizona was in great with Terrence Williams. The Seattle guard had downgraded the Cats from a clear-cur favorite, but still had them high on his list. Now the relationship has become a bit strained.

Terrence Williams, the 6-6 point Seattle point guard, is still considering the Wildcats, but is quite concerned that the Wildcats are not interested in him, at least not to a level of his liking.

"I'm still considering them if they are considering me," Williams said. "I'm not so sure. They aren't really showing me anything."

Wildcat coaches were courtside for most of his games last weekend in Las Vegas, but his concern stems from a lack of personal attention in Seattle.

Arizona coaches were in Seattle this week, but had no contact with Williams. Part of the problem was that Williams' high school coach did not have an open gym scheduled on either of the days Arizona coaches were in the Evergreen State. An open gym is the only way the coaches can have contact with Williams, or any other underclassman.

"A couple of other coaches saw me play," Williams said. "I had an open gym yesterday (Wednesday). I heard Coach (Rodney) Tention was in Portland looking at other players."

Both Tention and Lute Olson were in Seattle during the week, but were unable to meet with Williams. They have made no effort to conceal the fact that they love Williams, and spent most of their time in Washington evaluating players and scouting younger players. All of the players the Cats visited, players like Artem Wallace and Jon Brockman, are players they are still trying to get in on, or players they are trying to decide if they want to recruit.

Another part of Williams' concern is the fact that he wants to visit the Cats, but as of yet nothing has been set up.

"They are not doing anything," Williams said. "They didn't come to see me and they haven't set up a visit. I want to go down there and visit, but nothing is set up."

The problem with an official visit is that the Wildcat staff have not seen a test score. A player may not visit a school until they have posted a valid test score. Although Williams claims his high school coach has his test scores, a source close to the Wildcat program says that no test scores have ever been sent to the staff, or any other school that they know of.

It was just a few months ago that Williams listed the Wildcats as a favorite. He backed off those claims a bit, but he was still enchanted with the program when we spoke to him this weekend in Las Vegas. Now he sounds very frustrated on the phone.

"I want to be interested, but it is tough," Williams said. "It's like trying to open a door, only it's bolted shut on the other side."

The obvious question is whether or not Williams is still considering the Wildcats.

"If they show me something, of course I'd be interested," Williams informed. "They just have not shown me much lately."

CAT TRACKS' ANALYSIS: Part of the problem may stem from Arizona's obvious interest in Mario Chalmers. In fact it was Chalmers who told Williams that the Wildcat coaches would be up in Seattle. The Wildcat coaches are still very much interested in Williams and will be trying to mend some fences in the next few days.


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