Nick At Night

After a Sunday visit from University of Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey and assistant Isaac Brown, the Razorbacks are now a major player for shooting guard/small forward Nick Williams (6-4, 200), who has been released from his letter-of-intent at Marquette due to a coaching change.

Marquette's loss may turn out to be a big gain for the University of Arkansas basketball program.

Mobile (AL) Leflore shooting guard Nick Williams (6-4, 200), who signed with Marquette this fall and recently got his release when coach Tom Crean left for Indiana, will take an official visit to Arkansas this weekend.

Williams, who averaged 21 points this season and is rated as high as the 40th best player in the country by ESPN, had a home visit with Razorback head coach John Pelphrey and assistant Issac Brown on Sunday afternoon.

"We were very, very impressed with the visit," noted Harold White, Williams' dad. "Coach Pelphrey and his assistant were very impressive and my son will now be visiting up there this weekend."

The visit apparently went so well that Williams, a 3-star recruit according to, has now narrowed his decision down between two schools and eliminated Alabama and South Alabama.

"After the visit, I would say right now that it is 50-50 between Arkansas and Indiana," White said. "After this dead period, my son is very excited to get up and visit Arkansas, probably starting on Friday morning."

Ironically, Arkansas ended Indiana's season 86-72 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

"I got to watch that game and was very impressed with Coach Pelphrey and how his team played," White said. "I know they are losing some guys, but have a very good nucleus coming back and some very good recruits coming in."

Williams is a taller guard who would add some much needed height to the 2008 backcourt class seeing as how incoming freshmen Courtney Fortson (5-10) and Rotnei Clarke (6-1) are both smallish.

Fortson was Mr. Basketball in Alabama last season while Williams was a finalist for that award this season.

"Coach Pelphrey told my son that he really doesn't have a two guard like him coming into the program and that he could definitely come in and play," White added. "They have some point guards and smaller guards and great shooters coming in, but nobody like him."

Williams and White also got a good handle on what Arkansas is about off the court.

"They came in and had a lot of academic information for us and that impressed me because once he leaves basketball, he's got to have an education to make sure he realizes his full potential," White said. " We just really enjoyed the visit and it really opened our eyes."

Hawgs Daily Top Stories