Is UNC pursuing Louis Williams?

Louis Williams is one of the top guards in the Class of 2005 and has been on the minds of Tar Heel fans for some time now. But where does UNC stand with Williams?

"Nothing new basically," Williams said of his dealings with UNC. "Actually, they're starting to fall behind on my list."

In the most recent interview this summer with the talented combo guard from South Gwinnett H.S. (Ga.) he listed Carolina, Georgia and Tennesee as his favorite three schools. He even stated that his college wishlist was closed to those three southeast programs.

But not any more. A new school has jumped into the mix, and it's clear as to why.

"I've added Memphis in there. Mainly because I'm from Memphis and they're building a big time program there. Plus (John) Calipari is coming at me hard."

It's understandable why Calipari would show so much interest in the prep star from Georgia, it's because he's simply one of the most athletic and talented basketball players in the country, regardless of class. We're not just talking about another quick guard here folks. Williams is one of those kids who is and will remain on another level as his high school career winds down. With a blend of Allen Iverson's quickness off the bounce and a Steve Francis-like vertical leap -- Williams is a one man virtual highlight reel. He appears to be a sure-fire NBA player down the road based on raw ability.

The rising junior was even ranked No. 1 in the class by one publication leading into the summer, but less than stellar play at the Nike Camp and other events brought his stock back down to earth.

"I didn't play great (this summer) but I've yet to see a player that has the same style as me. I'd say that I belong in the top three or so, along with Mike Mercer and Monta Ellis," Williams said.

Mercer, a 6-3 pure point guard from the same high school is also being recruited at the high major level. Williams admits that Mercer is not only his best friend, but that the two rising juniors may also attend the same college.

"That's the plan right now. We are one. We're looking at possibly committing next summer."

As to where he could ultimately commit? It's common knowledge that Georgia is his leader. And Tennessee and Memphis comprise his second tier of schools with UNC fading as of late because Williams isn't feeling the love.

He has mixed emotions about UNC's lack of interest in him. He knows that the staff in Chapel Hill has more immediate concerns as they put the full blitz on Shaun Livingston as well as a few select big men.

"I don't think Roy (Williams) cares too much for me," explained Williams. "He never writes or anything. That makes me think he has other things to do or other recruits to take care of. I'm not going to beg them to want me, but at the same time, UNC has always been in my heart."

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