An August Decision

Prime Razorback recruiting target Shawn Williams (6-7, 212), the former Pine Bluff native and current Duncanville (Texas) High star who poured in 50 points in a pair of games on Wednesday in Las Vegas, sees an early August announcement of where he will play his college basketball.

LAS VEGAS - Early on in August, University of Arkansas basketball fans will know whether Shawn Williams is coming home or not.

Williams, a 6-7, 212-pound small forward who has blown up nationally since moving from Pine Bluff to Duncanville, Texas, in junior high, says that is when he plans to announce his decision.

Williams, who poured in 27 points for Texas Select here in a Wednesday afternoon loss and 23 more in a win at night in the Adidas Super 64 AAU tournament, said that decision will be between Arkansas, Texas, Baylor and UCLA.

"It is going to be hard to tell those other three schools no when I do get ready to announce where I am going," Williams said. "I really would like to get it done in the first week of August."

He has been to Arkansas on several unofficial visits and taking at least one trek to the Texas and Baylor – all schools that had coaches watching him on Wednesday.

Williams, a top 50 player nationally according to, is going to try and fit a visit to UCLA end before announcing his choice.

"It's going to be hard, though," Williams said. "I get back on the 29th and then would try to go that first week of August, but I just don't know if we are going to be able to do that."

Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey and his assistants have certainly tried to let Williams know how much they covet his signature.

"I have a great relationship with Coach Pelphrey and all four of the coaches at Arkansas," Williams said. "They have done a great job of letting me know how much that want and need me to be a Razorback."

Williams, whose team has another pool game late Wednesday night, had watched his team get out 0-2 in pool play.

"I think I did all right, but it was not enough to win and that is the most important thing," Williams said. "There are things I could do better. I wouldn't care if I had just two points as long as we win."

Regardless of a win or loss in Wednesday's late game, Texas Select will open play Thursday in the championship bracket at 5:20 CST.

Williams is thicker through the shoulders after concentrating on lifting weights consistently.

"During school I started getting up at 6 o'clock in the morning to lift weights," Williams said. "I wanted to get stronger.

"During the summer I don't do a lot of leg work because we play so much, but I am just trying to be a guy that can finish inside when I go in there."

Williams, who averaged 17 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists as a junior, has led Duncanville to a 74-2 record the past two seasons.

That included a 39-0 mark and mythical national championship as a sophomore.

In addition to Williams, Duncanville will boast 6-8 junior-to-be Julian Washburn (son for former NBA player Chris Washburn, 6-5 D-1 recruit Roger Franklin, guards Reger Dowell (an Alabama commit) and junior Jamison Sterns and 6-10 junior center Perry Jones, who is transferring from Woodrow Wilson.

All are considered top five players in Texas in either the 2009 or 2010 classes.

"We are going to play a schedule that has at least 10 nationally-ranked teams on it," Williams said. "I think we are going to be really, really good."

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