Williams: "They Have a lot of Good Qualities"

Every year prospects emerge in the spring and become major national targets in the basketball recruiting world. One such player who could be doing just that is Seattle (Wa.) wing Marcus Williams, who was reportedly the top player in attendance at last weekend's Spiece Tournament.

"I thought I played really well," Marcus Williams told StateFans. "I had some good offensive performances and showed that I've been working real hard on my game. Now it's starting to pay off and teams are really on me now."

Williams has seen his recruitment really pickup after strong performances in Las Vegas and at the Spiece. With firm offers from Washington and Gonzaga he feels that his other favorites will offer in the near future.

"I'm looking at Connecticut, Texas, Florida, Kansas, N.C. State, Washington, and Gonzaga," he said. "I'm trying to narrow it down to five that I can visit, and the first five I mentioned are the ones I'm interested in taking visits to."

Marcus averaged 28 points and 12 rebounds as a junior for Roosevelt High in Seattle, Washington. Known for his offensive prowess, the talented wing points out that NC State's unique system is an advantage for the Wolfpack.

"I really like North Carolina State's offense," he said. "They sometimes can put four guards on the floor, and even their center seems to have a lot of versatility. The freedom they give is very attractive."

NC State was scheduled to visit Marcus prior to last weekend's tournament, but time conflicts caused the meeting to be postponed.

"NC State couldn't make it out to Seattle, but they are doing really well recruiting me. I've talked to Herb Sendek, and I think that school has a lot of prestige and it's also in a strong league. They really have emphasized those things and the offense, so they have a lot of good qualities."

Prospects across the country have been taking official visits this spring with the hopes of making an early decision. Williams has expressed interest in doing this, but only if he can take all five official visits at once.

"I'm still thinking of trying to take all five visits during this May period, but I won't split them up and do some now and the rest in the fall," he said. "Either way I need to take them all together so the visits will be fresh on my mind."

With the Washington Huskies being the only "local" program on his list, some may think distance could be a factor.

"No that won't be a problem," Williams said. "I've talked to my mom, and she thinks it's good for me to get away from home to experience my own life. Obviously, I think it would be tough for a parent and she said that after a year if needed she'll move down to wherever I go."

Marcus is fully qualified with over 1,000 on the SAT. Statefans will have more from this talented swingman when he visits the triangle in late May for the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions.

Marcus Williams Scouting Report: "The best place to start with Williams is his absolutely splendid mid-range game. His feel for how to play the game is virtually unsurpassed in the class of 2005 and he scores off of clever bank shots and pull up jumpers. He can go to his left or right, he posts well, rebounds, handles the ball, defends and he looks quicker each time he takes the court.

He's clearly the go-to guy for Rotary which is saying a lot when you see how talented they are. He's a top 40 kid in the country and the only real knocks on him might be that his release on three point jumpers is a little slow, he can dribble a little too much at times and he needs to add some more strength." -- Analyst Eric Bossi

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