Rising Senior to Watch: Marcus Williams

Marcus Williams decided Oak Hill Academy (Va.) would be the best place for him to get prepared for college. Now he is trying to figure out the best place for him to get to the NBA.

The 6-2, 175-pound Crenshaw High (Calif.) junior guard will head to Oak Hill in September, but he's trying to make a major impact on the AAU circuit this summer before he leaves the west coast.

Williams plays for the Southern California All-Stars and was on the all-tournament team at the Tournament of Champions last month, averaging 17.8 points and 5.5 assists per game. He is a heady player who makes good decisions and has a nice shot from the perimeter. Williams is the type of guard who can adapt to his surroundings and become a scorer when needed or distribute if that's what his team is looking for. However, he admits that he needs to work on his quickness and his defensive intensity.

The smooth lefty averaged 25 points and 11 assists last season at Crenshaw.

UCLA has been involved for a while and the Bruins have offered a scholarship and appear to be the leader. Other programs who have already offered, according to Williams, include UConn, N.C. State and Georgia Tech, which has picked up their efforts in the last month or so. He also has North Carolina and Maryland in his top six, but neither the Tar Heels nor the defending national champs have offered yet.

UNC will likely continue to evaluate Williams – and a few other point guards from the Class of 2003 – before deciding whether to take a player at that position or wait until 2004.

"I just want to go somewhere that I can win and play," Williams said.

Williams got to check out the North Carolina campus while he was in the area for the TOC, and he also took a brief tour of N.C. State.

Williams will head out to the USA Developmental Camp later this month at Colorado Springs and also plans to attend the NBA Camp and the Nike All-American Camp.

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