Pitino calls T-Will an "athletic phenom"

University of Louisville signee Terrence Williams, ranked as the No. 45 prospect nationally by Scout.com, might be the most athletic player in the country.

University of Louisville signee Terrence Williams might be the most athletic player in the class of 2005.

Just as important, he's also a big time winner on the court.

A 6-5, 225-pound wing prospect, Williams, who hails from Seattle, Washington, has led Rainier Beach High School to a 53-5 record the past two seasons, including a state title in 2003 and a runner-up finish last season.

"Terrence is a great competitor and has a great will to win," Rainier Beach Head Coach Mike Bethea said. "He is a slasher and jumps so high. He doesn't necessarily try to do the fancy thing; he just jumps over you. He's a freak of nature and he's got nice moves and passes the ball well."

Williams, who joins 6-5 Bryan Harvey, 7-0 Clarence Holloway, 7-0 Jonathan Huffman, 6-9 Amir Johnson, 5-11 Andre McGee, and 6-8 Chad Millard in U of L's highly ranked 2005 recruiting class, averaged 18.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 6.2 assists as a junior. For his efforts last season, Williams, aka "T-Will," was named first team all-city and all-state.

"Terrence is a Dominique Wilkins type athlete," U of L coach Rick Pitino said. "He's a good passer and is a very physical wing player that will only get better. He's an athletic phenom."

A two-sport athlete, Williams is also a talented wide receiver and safety for Rainier Beach. On the hardwood, T-Will is generally regarded as one of the nation's Top 40 prospects and checks in at No. 45 on Scout.com's preseason national ranking.

"He's got a great body," Pitino said. "He has a nice touch but he's a tremendous athlete who can play a couple of different positions."

"But as far as athletic prowess, it doesn't get any better than Terrence," Pitino continued. "He's as explosive an athlete as you'll ever see on the high school level."

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