Future Cat has 31-point first game

Just last month Marcus Williams signed his letter-of-intent to become an Arizona Wildcat. Before he can don the cardinal and navy of the Wildcats he has to finish his senior year at Roosevelt High School in Seattle. So far the season has been a mixed bag, despite a stellar first game.

Marcus Williams, a 6-6 wing, began his season in fine fashion, scoring 31 points in his first game. Arizona assistant coach Rodney Tention was on hand for that contest and gave Williams some words of advice for the rest of the season, and before arriving on campus.

"Coach Tention told me he expects me to be bigger and to keep improving," Williams said. "I am improving on my range, and staying low both on offense and defense. In addition, I am focusing on hitting the boards, especially on the offensive end."

Williams has a great deal of confidence in his game, however he isn't so cocky that he wasn't prepared to digest everything the college coach had to say. It doesn't hurt that Tention has been involved with Williams since he started recruiting him in the ninth grade.

Williams committed to Arizona a few months ago, and looks to try and make an impact when he arrives on campus. If his Wildcat debut is half as good as his season debut, then Wildcat fans will be ecstatic. Williams had an excellent first game scoring the 31 points. Unfortunately, Williams was unable to play in the second game because of a minor injury.

"I couldn't play because I had shin splints," said Williams. "They lost by 12 points, against a very good, state ranked team. I feel if I was in there I could have made the difference."

While Williams realizes the need for improvement, and is noticing improvements in his game, he has also established himself as the leader of his team, and understands the importance in doing so.

"I always try to be the first one to practice and the last one to leave," explained Williams. "I am trying to be a good leader and run the team. At practice I try to lead by my actions and be almost a second coach on the floor, and a director for the team. If a guy misses a shot, I just tell him to keep on shooting the ball. I just try to be supportive of my team."

That ability to lead should carry his team far. With one of the top wings on the West Coast in the line-up, Roosevelt should be competitive in the very difficult Seattle area. He continues to work hard in all areas of his game, and he feels positive about his team, saying that they look good. It is obvious that Williams has embraced a leadership role and considers his play a vital component of the team's success.

What is nice is that the well-spoken Williams comes off as confident, but never cocky. He is clearly aware of his talent and how it affects his team, but does not appear to have let it go to his head.

Part of his level headedness comes from the Wildcat coaches continually suggesting improvements, something they will do throughout his time in the program.

Specifically, the Arizona coaches need Williams to bulk up before his arrival. Williams is still very thin and added muscle will only enhance his already abundant athleticism. Williams obviously wants to play as early as possible and doing everything the coaches say is the first step in readying himself.

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