Another Washington wing eyeing the Cats

Arizona's quest to fill their 2004 recruiting class has taken them time and again to the state of Washington. Jon Brockman, Terrence Williams and Artem Wallace are among the players from the Evergreen State that the Cats are pursuing. Their quest for a wing player has taken them to Washington as well, and were not just talking about Martell Webster.

The Cats are taking a long look at 6-6 wing forward Marcus Williams of Seattle (WA) Roosevelt High School. Williams is a player that has added to his reputation in the early spring recruiting session. He is hearing from a number of big time schools. Florida, Kentucky, Texas, UConn, Missouri, Washington, and Arizona have long been among his favorites, but Kansas and NC State have made great strides in recent weeks.

"I haven't really nailed it down," Williams confessed.

Williams got a little bit lost in the shuffle last season, but his travel team had bit time recruits Marvin Williams, C.J. Giles and Josh Heytvelt on the front line. This summer he has to share the floor Terrence Williams on the Rotary Select team, but despite playing next to one of the west's top point guards, Terrence has become the team's go to guy.

Williams is a big-time scorer with a stellar mid-range game. At times it looks like he isn't really trying, but that is because he is just so smooth and silky. He's actually a very hard worker on the floor and is just so deceptively quick. He has great quickness and a is a great shooter, able to score from a number of places on the floor.

With all of the teams on his list, it is not surprising that a ton of teams are coming on strong for his services.

"I would say Gonzaga may be recruiting me the hardest," Williams said. "Arizona does a pretty good job, UDub and Missouri came out to my school and we talked, it's been a great experience."

He also noted that Kansas came out to see him after being impressed with him after the Pump & Run event in Las Vegas. Kansas has quickly jumped up to the forefront. The fact that they are also going hard after Terrence Williams is a big plus.

"We're really close, he's actually like a brother to me and stayed for about a year at my house," Marcus Williams told about his relationship with Terrence. "We've already discussed taking an official visit to Kansas together."

Williams does not have a stated leader at this point, but he does have a pretty specific set of criteria for the program he commits to.

"I'm looking for a place where I feel I have a chance to make it to the next level after college," Williams said. "I'd like a fast paced school, a coach that has a good relationship with his players on and off the court. Obviously a pretty prestigious program, that's not the biggest thing, but that's a plus. And a pretty good team."

He added that weather and location were not a huge factor. Staying close to Seattle is not a stumbling block.

When it is all said and done Williams will likely be a top-40 player and one of the better wings in the country. He's already turning heads of the nation's best programs.

CAT TRACKS' ANALYSIS: Williams is good, very good. He may not be the Wildcats' top wing prospect, but he is right up there. One drawback is that he is more of a pure two-guard, rather than a small forward. He is not dissimilar to Jawann McClellan and the Cats really want a player in the mold of Richard Jefferson or Andre Iguodala, a long, tall, athletic forward. If the Cats don't land Martell Webster or Julian Wright, expect them to crank up the pressure on Williams.

Brad Allis contributed to this story.

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