Marvin Williams set to visit UNC

Marvin Williams is flying to North Carolina Tuesday evening for an official visit to UNC. (<i>Updated at 5:00 p.m.</i>)

Marvin Williams embarks on his third (and likely final) official visit today.

After trips to Arizona a week ago and Washington this past weekend, the star forward is scheduled to take a red-eye flight with his father this evening to North Carolina and the official visit will be Wednesday and Thursday.

Williams' father is a former N.C. resident.

While Williams has seen the UNC campus before, the official visit will include the customary tour of the campus, getting to know the current Tar Heels, one-on-one time with the UNC coaching staff and meetings with academic officials.

The 6-8, 220-pound forward from Bremerton, Wash. averaged 25.8 points, 13.8 rebounds his junior season. Analysts have compared his game to former Jayhawks Drew Gooden and Danny Manning.

"I like Carolina no matter what," Williams said after UNC replaced Matt Doherty. "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."

According to his AAU coach, Adam Sedlik, Marvin "really hit it off with Coach Williams."

Williams has had nothing but praise for his first two visits.

"I want to judge each visit separately, but I like them (Arizona) a lot," Williams told CatTracks of his visit to Tucson. "It was a great visit. I got a great feel for the campus. I like all of the coaches and players."

"I know about their (NC's) tradition, but Washington is definitely in this," he told RealDawg yesterday after returning from Washington. "I wouldn't have visited Washington if they weren't. I've been to North Carolina before so it's not like I haven't seen it. I'm excited about the trip though."

Williams is not expected to wait too long to make a decision. Duke, Kansas and Oregon are still under consideration, but whether those schools receive a visit is yet to be seen. A commitment to one of the three schools he's visited is on horizon.

"That will be it," his mother, Andrea Gittens, told Dawgman today of the UNC visit. "He'll be choosing a school in August. He should have about three weeks to rest before school starts."

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