Marcus Williams wants to decide soon

One of the top priorities the past few weeks for the Wildcats has been the evaluation of Marcus Williams. The athletic wing has long been listing Arizona, but lacked an offer due to the fact that Lute Olson had not seen him play in person. Now that has changed and the Wildcats are doing well with the Seattle native.

Williams is a 6-7 wing from Roosevelt High School in the Emerald City. He has long listed Arizona, but has lacked an official offer. That may have changed this weekend. All three Wildcat coaches that were in Las Vegas were out to see him and he played well. Lute Olson took in at least two of his games while in Vegas.

Williams is getting a lot of big time attention and for good reason. He's a long, athletic wing who can do so many things on a basketball court. He averaged 28 points and 12 rebounds his junior season. He can shoot the ball and gets to the rack. He has a terrific handle and isn't afraid to mix it up on defense.

His top five includes the Wildcats, Connecticut, Texas, Maryland and Michigan. He recently ruled out Washington and Gonzaga because he wants to get away from home.

"I want to get away from home," Williams admitted. "The area doesn't matter but getting away from home is a plus for me. I spent m y whole life in the same part of the country." Williams concludes his summer tour in Los Angeles this week and then will concentrate on recruiting. He has stated that he would like to take a handful of unofficial visits and then pull the trigger as soon as possible.

"I may take some unofficials in August to try and get done earlier," Williams said. "Probably I'll take my visits early. In August, the first few weeks, then I'll make my decision. I kind of want to do it early. It's a big decision."

The fact that he is willing to take unofficial visits bodes well for the Wildcats. The Cats can't extend an official offer until school starts in late August, but they can host Williams if he pays his own way.

The Wildcats appear to be in good with Williams, thanks in large part to assistant coach Rodney Tention.

"That's definitely a top school," Williams said. "They definitely get their guards to the NBA and that is where I am trying to go. I talk to Rodney (Tention) and we have a great relationship. I've been talking to him for quite a long time. Me and him have good chemistry. Plus he works with the guards, so that's who I'd be working with, so there's familiarity."

Another school that should get one of the unofficial visits is Maryland. The ACC school has done a nice job with Williams.

"I really like them," he said of the Terrapins. "They are one great program with a great coach and a great history. It is also in a good city. A lot of these schools are in the middle of nowhere, but not Maryland, they are somewhere. They get a lot of people, it is close to the capitol and I definitely have a high interest."

Williams does many things well. He is a great offensive player with a great stroke and the ability to slash. He feels he is a very versatile player and takes great pride in it.

"I try to do a lot of things well. Most of the things schools are looking at me for is the ability to play the two, the three, just be an all-around player."

We saw him in the spring and it was obvious that he preferred the perimeter. Not so anymore. This past weekend we noticed him playing a lot more on the inside. We had to ask if this was a new wrinkle to his game.

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