2008's Williams Headed North

Nick Williams, one of the top shooters in the southeast in the Class of 2008, is leaving SEC country. The junior wing out of Alabama has opted to take his game to the Big East where he hopes to progress at the same rate a certain Miami Heat guard did during his time in Milwaukee.

Everyone probably wants to know how in the world Marquette nabbed an early commitment from a player out of the state of Alabama.

Two words: Dwayne Wade.

Nick Williams, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard out of Mobile (Ala.) LeFlore, committed to Marquette and Wade is a big reason why.

"That kind of helped my decision," Williams said of the fact that Wade attended Marquette. "When I went up there to Marquette Elite Camp, they were going through the same drills that they put Dwyane Wade through. He was just like me. Nobody was recruiting me at first either. He went to Marquette and won an NBA championship."

Last season, Williams averaged 16 points and 10 boards. His stock received a big time boost when he rained 3s one morning at the Kingwood Classic.

"I think they saw me at Kingwood and they were one of the first schools to call me and they were the first school to offer me," Williams said. They've been on me ever since."

Florida State, Miami, Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi, Missouri and a host of other programs showed interest in the rising junior but Marquette dogged him hard this summer.

"At first I was thinking about it in June but I changed my mind. I didn't think I was ready. Over the course of the summer they've been on me really hard and we've been talking and it clicked today what I wanted to do."

Williams said Marquette would send him mail and he'd actually read it, helping him gain a better understanding of the program that produced this year's NBA Finals MVP.

It's pretty rare for someone to stroll into Alabama and nab a recruit, even rarer when it's an underclassman but Marquette landed a solid perimeter shooter on August 2nd and that's a good thing.

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