Nike: Louis Williams

INDIANAPOLIS -- Rising junior Louis Williams is a little tired these days.

The star guard from South Gwinnett High School from Snellville, Ga., played in the 16-and-under AAU Nationals in Bloomington, Ind., prior to the Nike Camp. Williams led the Georgia Stars into the semifinals before losing to Mean Streets, an Illinois-based team.

"I'm real tired right now because I've played in a lot of games," Williams said. "I have a lot of energy that is out of my body right now. I just want to maintain my position as one of the top guards in the Class of 2005."

Williams is part of the guard-heavy Oregon State camp team, which features Jordan Farmar, Monta Ellis and Josh Thornton. Williams isn't needed to carry the team, which is fine with him.

"Ellis is real funny, and we've gotten to know each other a lot," Williams said. "We've become good friends. But I haven't gotten to play with Farmar or Monta yet because we rotate teams.

"I like coming to events like this and establish a relationship with the other top guards. Show there isn't any bad feelings. Sometimes the media and people like to make rivalries."

On the recruiting front, Williams has three top schools but is open to new possibilities. North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia are the current leaders. Each is different, and Williams has already visited Georgia and North Carolina.

North Carolina's tradition is a strong pull for Williams.

"I don't know much about Coach Williams, just his accomplishments," he said. "I don't know too much about his goals or what is inside the program. But everyone's goal is to win the national championship.

"But I grew up admiring the Carolina mystique. I remember once when I was younger looking up in the Dean Dome and I noticed they didn't have a retired jersey with Williams on it. That made me interested in the school a lot."

Georgia is starting a rebuilding process both on and off the court under first-year coach Dennis Felton, who replaced Jim Harrick. Williams said he has a leader but won't disclose it just yet. It could be the Bulldogs.

"I've met with the coaching staff, Dennis Felton and assistant coach Mike Jones, and they have good intentions and are confident about the program," Williams said. "My opinion of the school hasn't changed for the worst (in the last year), but I actually had a better relationship with Coach Harrick than Coach Felton.

"I think I was close to making a decision if Harrick had stayed."

Tennessee isn't in as bad shape as Georgia, but Williams realizes they could use another player or two to put them over the top.

"They are really good and have an excellent coach (ex-Tar Heel Buzz Peterson)," Williams said. "But I don't know who they are recruiting or what their goals are."

After the Nike Camp, Williams will play in the Super Showcase in Orlando, Fla. He isn't planning on any official visits this summer.

"I'm ready to relax," Williams said. "I have so many games under my legs this summer, and I don't want to do it. That's how people get hurt.

"I like being a normal kid. It's easy for me to be one. I look at basketball tournaments as my job on the weekend. But I like being at home with my friends and being relaxed and hanging out."


Check out IC's Louis Williams profile.

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