Class of 2005 Scouting Report: Marcus Williams

Arizona knew they needed a wing and when the dust settled it was Marcus Williams. The Cats were in on some big time players, but when Williams made it known he wanted to be a Wildcat, the Cats obliged.

Marcus Williams
6-6, 190, G/F
Roosevelt HS
Seattle, WA
4-Stars, #6 SG (#27 in the Nation overall)

TYPE OF PLAYER
Williams is a long, athletic wing. He has a nice stroke and can score inside the lane. He's very smooth and quick. One of the best wings in the west for the class of 2005, Williams has good size and pretty advanced skills. He's relatively athletic, and moves well for how long he is.

WHAT WE LIKE:
Williams has great size and athleticism. He's a solid shooter and can score in a variety of ways. He's a very smooth player, who moves very well with his length.

He has the potential to be a great defender and can rebound in traffic. He has great length and the Wildcat coaches are drooling to get him in the passing lanes.

He's a sort of jack of all trades player. He does a lot of things well, but nothing great at this time. He passes, rebounds and scores. He's not afraid to play a little defense and can play a variety of different positions.

Williams is a smart, well-spoken young man. More importantly he really wanted to be a Wildcat. He was patient even when the Cats were making runs at the likes of Julian Wright and Martell Webster. He's also very likable and the story goes that after his visit the current players told the coaches to turn up the pressure because they really liked him.

WHAT HE NEEDS TO WORK ON:
Williams really needs to get stronger. He's very thin and at times he has been reluctant to play inside, but that should dissipate as he gains more strength. Williams has a reputation of floating at times. Some of that is valid and some of it comes from Williams being so fluid that things seem to be easy for him.

More than anything Williams just needs to maximize his potential. If he continues to work hard he can improve upon the skill set that is already in place.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING:
"He's all business on the court, very smooth…Marcus has a complete package of skills but what I have always liked about him is his mental game. Marcus does not compound mistakes."
--Bill Nance, publisher FadeawayJ.com

2005 ROLE:
If Hassan Adams jumps to the pros, expect Williams to be in the mix at small forward. He will be the Wildcats' tallest perimeter player the minute he gets on campus. He will compete with Jawann McClellan, Jesus Verdejo, Chris Rodgers and possibly Adams for time on the wing.

REMINDS US OF:
He has similar size and build to Reggie Miller, although he has a long way to go if he wants his outside shot to be compared to Miller's. Some have also likened him to former NBA player Jamaal Wilkes.

CHOSE ARIZONA OVER: Maryland, UConn, Texas and Oklahoma.

MARCUS SAYS:
"I like to get up and down and really run. The high scoring games are my types of games. During the pickup games, they'd score but they wouldn't lag. All the guys played real unselfish and helped me get in my groove. They helped me out and kept passing me the ball. We got along real well on the floor. That's the type of program I want to be in. It felt like a family, even in the pickup games."


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