Marvin Williams, the next recruiting battle

Marvin Williams, a 6-8 forward from Bremerton (HS), Wash., will certainly be one of the most sought after recruits among the nation's elite level schools. Williams is a consensus top-10 player in the Class of 2004 and he lists six schools.

Williams' schools include Arizona, Kansas, North Carolina, Duke, Oregon and Washington.

Williams has made himself an elite-level basketball prospect, but he's been more than a basketball player. In junior high he played football and ran track.

"I grew a lot in the seventh grade and I knew I couldn't (play football and basketball)," Williams said. "On the track team, I ran the 4 X 100 relay, high jumped and ran the 200. But I didn't like track, and football was not my thing either, but I love playing basketball."

Williams says he's still open and might add some schools to his list. Although he lists a number of the "elite" schools, he says he has no favorite yet and could end up playing anywhere. However, he does have a timetable for making a decision.

"I'd like to make a decision early, after I take some unofficial visits next spring," Williams said from home during a Veteran's Day holiday from class. "I haven't got anything set up yet, but I'm definitely going to take some spring visits."

Like most players, Williams will choose a school based on his comfort level with the players and the coaching staff.

"I'll look at the whole atmosphere," he said. "I want to see how I get along with the players and coaches."

At present, Arizona has only one scholarship to give in the Class of 2004 and that's been pledged to Jawaan McClellan, a 6-4 shooting guard from Houston (Milby), Tex. However, the recent trend of players leaving early for the NBA makes it quite likely that a scholarship could be available and Williams is certainly high on Arizona's list.

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