Washington wing is big time

Arizona has made wing a top priority in the 2005 recruiting class and their list is a who's who of America's top prospects. Martell Webster, Julian Wright and Calvin Miles has gotten a ton of the media attention, but a wing from Washington is turning heads and may very well be a great fit for the Wildcats.

Seattle Roosevelt High standout Marcus Williams is doing everything in his power to become and elite wing prospect in the class of 2005. Williams is a long, athletic player who has looked great in the early part of the spring AAU tournament season.

A lot of big time schools are starting to take notice.

Williams says that UConn, Kansas, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Washington and NC State are among the top programs showing love. NC State, UConn, Kansas and Washington have been showing the most attention, but Kansas may back off with the verbal commitment of Micah Downs. Right now Williams claims no favorites, stating that he is "wide open".

Although he claims the Wildcats are not as aggressive as some of the other schools he's listing, it sounds as if the Cats are in good shape. For one thing, Williams has long been listing Arizona A second feather in the Wildcats' cap is the fact that they are also recruiting his Rotary Select teammate Terrence Williams.

"I would love to play with him (Terrence Williams)," Marcus said. "I have to look hard at those schools who are interested in both of us."

As of now Washington, Kansas and Arizona fit that description.

Williams has done a lot to improve his stock, but he isn't done. With all of the major camps still to come, it isn't hard to believe that he could be right there at the top of a lot of recruiting lists. With nothing but great things to come, it is not a shock to see that Williams is in no rush to pull the trigger.

"I'm not ready to make a decision anytime soon," Williams confessed. "I'll probably wait until fall, take all of my visits and then decide."

Williams is big time and that is what he wants from a school.

"I want a school with prestige," Williams admitted. "I want a school that is looking to win, where the players believe in themselves and believe they can win every night."

He's also looking for a coach who can get the most out of him, but still embrace his players and get to know them as more than just athletes.

"I want a coach that is real big on player development," said Williams. "I want a coach that is personable, a guy who can joke around, a coach that forms relationships with players. Not one that hurries up to leave after practice."

The 6-6 wing is aware of how well he has done in recent weeks. While he isn't shocked, he is pleased. It has been a long, hard road to get to this point, but one that looks like it should pay off with some big time offers.

"I worked really hard in the off season to get better," Williams explained. "I worked hard so that coaches notice me. Earlier in my basketball career I was not real serious. That has changed."

It hasn't hurt that he has the opportunity to play on a darn good team. Even better, he shares the floor with a great point guard. His Rotary Select team has made him the go-to guy and Williams has embraced that role.

"This team gives me a chance to be the man," Williams said. "I've been really explosive at times."

Williams is a legit 6-6 and has the kind of length and athleticism that Arizona has coveted on the wing. While he can certainly rebound and defend inside, Williams prefers the perimeter. He's got a nice stroke and does a nice job of getting open outside. While some teams would like to see more of an inside/outside game, plenty of other programs have no problem with what Williams does.

"I would say so," Williams said when asked if he was more comfortable on the outside. "Teams are recruiting me more as a shooting guard than a small forward."

Although he shines on the perimeter, he certainly knows that he can be dangerous on the inside as well. In the end, Williams just wants to score and help his team win.

"I like to mix it up," Williams explained. "I'll try to take advantage of a mismatch. If I have a bigger, slower player on me I'll try and blow by him. If the defender is smaller, I'll just shoot over him. I'm a pretty versatile player."

While Williams is going to wait, you can bet the team that lands him will be a team that wants him. Williams wants to be wanted. He wants a program that he can contribute early, but more importantly he wants a place that is like a family.

"I want to make sure I'm wanted," Williams said. "I want a place where I can stay and be a part of something. I don't want to go somewhere where they are unsure of me."

CAT TRACKS' ANALYSIS: More and more it sounds like the Wildcats really like Williams. He could become a major target as soon as Lute Olson sees him play in person. Williams has the potential to be one heck of a wing and the Cats should be a major factor in his recruitment.

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