2005 Focus: Louis Williams

If Jim Harrick were still the coach at Georgia, Louis Williams (No. 10, TheInsiders.com) would have already committed to the Bulldogs. <P>

``That's no lie," 6-2, 170-pound Louis Williams of South Gwinnett (Ga.), a junior point guard said. "He was genuine."

Well, whether Harrick is in the fold or not down in Athens, Georgia still remains the heavy favorite for the high-scoring Williams. North Carolina has been eliminated from the list.

``They are still calling," Williams said. "They're still recruiting me, but I'm really big on the head coaches and Roy Williams hasn't contacted me or my coach. I like to meet the head coaches. That was pretty much my dream school, but I'm over that."

``Right now I want to go to a school and build something special rather than going somewhere already established," added Williams. "Georgia has the advantage right now because it's only 45 minutes from my house and they've spent a lot of time with me. I'm really warming up to the new staff."

Williams also mentioned Wake Forest and Tennessee are possibilities, but it's clear that the Bulldogs are way in front. However, he won't be pulling the trigger anytime soon.

``My mother told me I can't commit until I take the SAT," added Williams, who boasts a 3.5 GPA and will take the test for the first time in December.

Williams is one of the top scorers in the class, as shown by his 33 point-per-game average as a sophomore. However, he's working on improving the consistency on his perimeter shot and also adding more weight.

``I haven't put on enough weight to start bragging," he joked. "I'm up to about 170."

Williams opted to run with the under-16 squad on the Georgia Stars this past summer instead of playing with the older team. Next summer he'll get plenty of exposure going up against the nation's elite.

``I decided to play with the 16's because I made an obligation to those guys," he said. "I was loyal to those guys and my coach. I didn't turn my back on them. When I was younger, nobody knew I was going to be in this situation and I wouldn't have wanted anyone to back out on me."


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