Arkansas or Indiana?

Alabama prep star Nick Williams (6-5, 225) takes in high school teammate DeMarcus Cousins' Real Deal on the Hill game Saturday morning and talks about how his official visit to the University of Arkansas is going.

The fact that Nick Williams is enjoying his official visit to the University of Arkansas so much this weekend has assured him of one thing.

"This is going to be the hardest decision I have ever had to make," Williams said. "I plan to make it by the middle of next week. Kansas State has asked to come to my home on Sunday night, but it is just these two - Arkansas and Indiana. It's going to be hard to say no to this and hard to say no to Indiana."

That decision for the 6-5, 225-pound Mobile (AL) LeFlore standout will be to either sign with the Razorbacks and head coach John Pelphrey or follow former Marquette head coach Tom Crean – who he originally signed with - to Indiana.

"Coach Pelphrey has made it clear how much he wants me and how I could come in and be an impact player right away," Williams said. "This is a great situation here."

Williams, who averaged 21 points this past season, was on hand at Bud Walton Arena Saturday morning to watch his high school teammate, 2009 prospect and UAB commit DeMarcus Cousins (6-11, 260) play in the Real Deal on the Hill AAU Tournament.

"Nick Will makes the game so easy for you," Cousins said. "He is one the best leaders that you could ever play under. He is just an awesome player.

"He can do it all – whatever you need him to do," Cousins added. "He can handle it, post up, play outside."

Williams, who got his release from Marquette earlier this month after signing with school last fall, said that he has gotten a good feel for Arkansas players already on his visit.

"There are some great guys here, great players and you can tell they have a very bright future," Williams said. "They (the players) have been telling me how great the school is and how great the campus is. The coaches have told me how much they want me to be a big part of the both the school and the basketball program."

Pelphrey, who was the coach at South Alabama in Mobile for five years before coming to Arkansas, has known Williams for a long time.

"Coach Pelphrey has told me that I actually have a chance to come in and start right away at the 3," Williams said. "I have known Coach Pelphrey for awhile and he is just a great dude as is his assistant Coach (Issac) Brown. They are just great people to be around. Who wouldn't want to be surround by great people like that?"

Williams says that if he does pick Arkansas, he will go to work on getting Cousins to flip from UAB.

"Obviously he committed to Alabama-Birmingham, but anything can happen – just look at me," Williams said. "I would love to continue playing with him."





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