"Everybody's going to find out at once"

Marvin Williams has kept quiet for much of the past month and will continue to do so this week leading up to his announcement on Friday. However, Inside Carolina got an exclusive with both Williams and his father Tuesday night from their home in Bremerton, Wash.

Marvin Williams Jr. doesn't say much and that won't change until Friday.

"I'm not going to call any of the coaches before I made the announcement," Williams said. "Everybody's going to find out at once."

The 6-8 1/2, 220-pound forward from Bremerton High (Wash.) has narrowed his choices to North Carolina, Washington and Arizona and will make the decision at Bremerton High at 1 p.m. local time. The speculation about where Williams will choose has already started full-throttle, but it's clear with all the conflicting reports that no one has an accurate grasp on the tight-lipped Williams' situation.

"I haven't officially made up my mind yet, but I think I have a pretty good idea where it'll be," he added. "I still have a couple more days to think about it and make sure."

Williams' father, Marvin Sr., admits that he was pro-Carolina and wanted him son to go to Chapel Hill. Until recently, that is.

"I wanted him to go there (UNC) at the beginning, but as the process went on we've been talking and he [understood my position]," the elder Williams said. "I realized that he has to make his own decision and couldn't make it based on what I wanted. Now I just want him to go somewhere that he can get a great experience and really could care less where he picks."

Even Williams Sr. claims not to know exactly where his only son will choose.

"Truthfully, I don't know what my son's going to do," he said. "But the stress is off of him now that he's basically already made up his mind."

That was clear when this reporter spoke to Williams Jr. on Tuesday night. The usually mellow Williams seemed to be more outgoing, more talkative and care-free.

On Arizona: "Tucson's actually not as hot as I thought it would be. They have air conditioning everywhere, anyway. It was a good place and I liked it a lot. Coach (Lute) Olson is a great coach and they have great people there. It's just a great program.

On North Carolina: "Roy Williams is there and he's a great coach. They have a great tradition for the past I-don't-know how many years."

On Washington: "It's close to home. Coach (Lorenzo) Romar's got things going in the right direction here and it would be a chance for my family and friends to be at all my games."


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