Heels in running for Seattle's next star

Seattle is becoming a hotbed for up-and-coming basketball talent. First there was Marvin Williams. The next can't miss star is Martell Webster.

The 6-5 1/2, 213-pound Seattle Prep junior swingman has a similar demeanor to Williams. Both are humble, soft-spoken and don't really yearn for the headlines.

"I was totally unsatisfied with my summer," Webster said. "I hurt my quad before the Big Time and struggled there and then went to California and I didn't get any better."

While Williams was always hesitant to go out on a limb and name a leader, Webster has little hesitation.

"At this point, it's Arizona," he said. "That's my top school, but I also like North Carolina, Oklahoma and UCLA."

Despite his favoritism for Lute Olson's Wildcats, this one is far from over.

"North Carolina is a great school with great tradition and they are a school I'm definitely interested in looking at," he said.

"I've still got a whole year to look into background info and you never know, things may change," added Webster.

One person who was seemingly unaware of Webster's interest in the Tar Heels is Williams.

"That's new to me," Williams said. "We don't really hang out, but he's a good guy and he's a big-time player. The sky's the limit for him. He can play and is right up there with the best players in my class. He can shoot the ball, plays great defense and loves to win."

"I won't bother him (about going to North Carolina) because I didn't like it when people did that to me," added Williams.

Webster's life hasn't been without obstacles.

His father has never been in his life and his mother, Cora McGuirk, disappeared when he was 5 years old and her body was never found.

"It's hard, but my grandmother has made everything a lot easier," Webster said of 81-year-old Beulah Walker, who has taken care of Webster and his brother. "She's my pride and joy."

Webster played with Friends of Hoop this past summer and comes off a sophomore campaign at Seattle Prep in which he averaged 18.6 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and two blocks per game.

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