Marvin Williams: Whatever feels like home

Williams talks about his family, his high school, and AAU teammate Lyndale Burleson.

When tallying up his New Year's resolutions, perhaps Kansas coach Roy Williams is including landing a solid post player from the class of 2004. Perhaps he has resolved to gain a verbal commitment from a consensus Top 10 player with superstar potential – one that averaged over 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assist per game as a sophomore.

Perhaps even 6-8 PF Marvin Williams of Bremerton, WA.

Williams is the oldest in the family, with two brothers ages 14 and 11. He counts his mother and grandmother among the important influences in his life. His father, also named Marvin Williams, played basketball as well. The elder Williams has helped guide and develop Marvin throughout his athletic career.

"My father has basically taught me it takes hard work," states the younger Williams.

With a population of under 40,000, Bremerton is located just a quick hop across the water from Seattle. When the time came to enter high school Williams opted to stay home at Bremerton High - just over 1,000 students – instead of playing for the more prestigious program at O'Dea.

"I don't regret it at all," says Williams emphatically. "I wanted my time in high school to be about more than just basketball."

Williams wowed at the ABCD camp this summer and played with his AAU team, Seattle Rotary Select.

"I loved how versatile he is," says Dave Telep, national recruiting analyst. "He seemingly could play bigger than he was but in the same motion be athletic enough to swing to the wing. Versatility will probably define him throughout."

"He seemed to a guy who just played every possession and was more skillful than most of his peers," states Telep.

Williams' AAU teammate, PG Lyndale Burleson, is also a potential target for Kansas. Burleson once attended Odea but transferred to Franklin in Seattle.

"I like everything about his game," says Williams about Burleson. "He is quick – and I mean extremely quick," laughs Williams. "He is really fun to watch."

In the past Burleson had discussed their mutual hope to attend the same school. Williams confirmed this.

"Yes, that is right. It is definitely something we are looking at," says Williams. "But we don't talk about it too much. It won't be the only thing we look at."

In the recruiting world package deals are usually more myth or wishful thinking than reality. But for optimistic Kansas fans, this sentiment seems to echo the statements made by David Padgett and Omar Wilkes last year.

For right now Williams is trying to focus more on his season and his studies, and less on his recruitment. The coveted player can not even comment on what schools are recruiting him the hardest.

"I don't really know. My high school coach and AAU coach deal with it," says Williams. "This season I think North Carolina, Kansas, and Duke have been out to watch me play. Also Washington. I think that is all – at least that I knew about."

Add Arizona and Oregon to that list and you have the six schools Williams is considering. But he insists that is not locked in.

"I really don't have an idea. It is going to be just what fits me best. It will be whatever feels like home."


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