Marvin's mind still on UNC

Not much has changed lately for Marvin Williams -- including his adoration for the North Carolina program.

Williams still has the Tar Heels among his six finalists, which also includes Kansas, Washington, Oregon, Duke and Arizona, despite the recent departure of Matt Doherty.

"I like Carolina no matter what," said Williams, whose father spent time living in North Carolina when he was younger. "It doesn't matter who's coaching. I liked Matt Doherty and he was a great guy, but they're still one of my top picks."

The always diplomatic Williams, as usual, wouldn't divulge a leader and also hasn't decided which schools he will officially visit.

The 6-8, 220-pound Williams will travel again with the Seattle Rotary Select team this summer, but he knows things will be different.

"Last year I had nothing to lose," he said. "This year I'm known and they're going to be coming after me. But to be honest, I really try not to pay much attention to all that stuff."

Williams, whose game is a combination of Danny Manning and Paul Pierce, averaged 25.8 points, 13.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 3.6 blocks per game as a junior and has displayed a well-rounded game worthy of a top 10 ranking in the Class of 2004.

Williams still needs to get stronger and he will focus on trying to improve both his ballhandling skills and his perimeter shot this summer.

"I know I still have plenty to work on," he said. "I just want to work hard this summer and win tournaments."


Check out IC's Marvin Williams profile.

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